Most people think making homemade bread is quite a daunting task, but contrary to popular belief, they are easy to pull off. Besides being an exciting task, making bread at home has certain advantages, and our guest for today, Mr. Matthew Davies will share some of them with us. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
5 minutes, that’s all it takes to make bread at home. This might appear a bit misleading as the baking process takes ~40 minutes. What I meant to say was that it takes 5 minutes of active labor i.e., shaping the loaf and putting it into the oven. You need to prepare the dough the previous night. Different types of bread take different amounts of time to prepare, but we will stick to basic stuff for now. So, why should you make bread at home? Consider the following reasons –
- It is cheaper – Let’s look at the ingredients. Flour, water, and yeast. You can prepare more amount of bread by buying the ingredients separately and preparing them at home and the process will cost you less compared to buying a ready-made bread loaf. It can be as low as 40 cents/loaf.
The price may seem unreal, but it’s possible. Of course, you might waste quite a bit of bread if it’s your first time and you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. But practice long enough and you will get the hang of it.
- Texture and aroma – Now, this one might not appeal to most of you, but let me assure you it’s worth the hassle. Nothing compares to the fresh bready smell you get from a freshly baked loaf of bread. The texture and aroma alone are enough to make you drool. If you’re having guests over, the smell can also lighten the mood of the room, and work as a room freshener.
3.No Preservatives – Store-bought bread is known to not catch any sort of mold for up to two months, which is completely unnatural. Freshly baked good quality loaves of bread can go bad relatively fast, within a matter of days, but that’s what makes them good as there is no preservative in them. In a world where food quality is highly concerning, it is better to switch to food which contains no preservative.
- Quality – This is also a matter of preference, but no matter how much you try, you’ll never be able to replicate the exact taste of store-bought bread. Some bread lovers like the smell and taste of store bread repulsive or too strong.
On average, more people prefer homemade bread. Their opinion is that the home-baked ones have a natural aroma and taste to them which appears more bready, compared to the ones you buy at the shop. It’s all about an acquired taste, but the fact remains that the ones you bake yourself are healthier and more nutritious.
Matthew Davies believes that baking bread at home will give you the freedom to experiment and explore with your food. You’re probably thinking that you don’t have the time to do all this, but whatever time you have is enough for preparing your own bread. Plus, it’s simple to make, healthy to eat and a fun process.