Y’know one of the best things about France? The bread. Y’know one of the worst things about France? The bread!
Let me explain; the bread is delicious if you’re eating it fresh and as it comes, whack some cheese on it and you’re away. Stick that same bread in a toaster and you, my friends, will be wildly disappointed! For some reason French bread, in general, just doesn’t toast properly. It burns, or it doesn’t brown, or it just doesn’t taste right. You can of course buy French toast in packets, but it’s not the same! This is where our bread maker comes in; it makes delicious, toastable bread for us to munch on, as well as saving the day when we forget to buy bread!
Having such wonderful, local, seasonal ingredients here makes for scrumptious home made bread too in a variety of flavour combinations; garlic & herb, fougasse or cheese & lardons. And you can also whip up delicious, lower sugar jams in your bread maker to put on your fresh bread too! In fact, my mum is diabetic and regularly uses her bread maker to create various jams using home grown, or locally sourced fruit. They’re lovely on scones and she can indulge a little because they don’t have quite so much sugar in them.
And if you’re driving somewhere on holiday you can make up some sandwiches, pack them in a cool bag and take them with you on your holibobs to an Al Fresco holiday parc, in France or elsewhere to save on the cost of buying a meal at a service station or restaurant.
We find it’s always handy to take some made up sarnies with us on road trips, it saves money and means you can stop and snack whenever you get peckish. Win win really!
What do you use your bread maker for, if you have one? Is it a vital part of your kitchen equipment?
I received a bread make in exchange for this post, all opinions are my own.