I am starting a bread strand on the blog, with a post today pointing you toward the Real Bread Campaign: "fighting for better bread in Britain". Real bread, according to their website, can be crusty baps, sourdough, bagels, bara brith, baguettes, chapattis, ciabatta, naan, tortillas, pitta …the list goes on. The important thing is that it is kept simple. The only essential ingredients for bread are flour, water, yeast and salt. Other, natural ingredients can be added, including nuts, seeds, herbs and cheese; but not processing aids, flour "improvers", preservatives, or anything artificial. Sufficient fermentation time, organic certification, one continuous process (no part-baking or freezing) and other factors determine whether a loaf meets the Campaign's Gold Standard.
A series of initiatives are coming up this year, including Real Bread Maker Week (9-15 May). The Cardiff area is a hub for Real Bread action, and this will be the subject of a future blog post.
The Real Bread Campaign's website: