Happy New Year!
The holiday season is over and no doubt you’re a little worn out from all the late nights, booze and family gatherings over the last few weeks. We imagine you would love nothing more than staying at home, turning up the heating and closing the curtains to the cold January weather outside.
Unfortunately, the end of the holiday season also means braving the elements and heading back to the office.
That return to work brings with it the return of the office lunch break; a time when you spend more money than you’d like on a generic, and often overly cold, supermarket sandwich, or pay a huge premium for something reasonably fresh.
There is a better way
Now is the perfect time to improve your lunches and teach yourself a new skill at the same time; start baking your own bread.
Baking a loaf of bread in the evening offers you a few tremendous benefits. The smell of freshly baked bread brings a wonderful feeling of comfort to your home, especially when the weather outside is cold and miserable. It is also one of the most cost-effective ways to have quality bread for your lunch break sandwiches.
Baking a loaf of bread isn’t difficult, but if you are a complete novice, there are a few recipes out there that will help you get started and build your confidence.
A good place to begin is a recipe from Paul Hollywood, judge of The Great British Bake Off. Paul has a simple and easy recipe for a white cob loaf, but it’s also fine to use for a standard white loaf too.
The BBC Good Food website has many different recipes for bread but this classic white loaf is the best place to get started. Once you feel more confident with your baking you should search the site for more advanced bread recipes to try.
It’s all about the flour
Using high-quality flour is the best way to make your bread stand out and improve your lunch sandwiches. Here at iDeli.online we recommend you use the flour from Cheshire millers, Nelstrops.
The Nelstrops range has won multiple Great Taste awards over the years. They are the highest awarded flours ever entered into the Great Taste awards and we are proud to supply them to you.
Visit the Nelstrops website for bread recipes that make the best use of their flour. The recipes range from simple loaves to more complex baking for you to try when you feel confident.
The Finishing Touches
While the loaf is all about the flour, you define sandwiches by their fillings. To keep things interesting over the weeks and months ahead, have a look at our range of sandwich fillings or our sliced meats and charcuterie section for our large variety of options.
Treating yourself doesn’t need to be expensive. Make 2017 the year you start baking your own bread and make January a month filled with the joyful smell of freshly baked goods that brings a little welcome comfort to your home while you face what’s left of the UK winter.
Once you begin baking your own bread you’ll never look at a sandwich the same way again. So, what are you waiting for?