Make Your Own Bread on Real Bread Week

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Real Bread Week, celebrated around the world on the third week of February every week, is a great opportunity to go deeper into the essence of this unbeatable staple food. This week is all about celebrating the pure joy of real bread. So, what does ‘real bread’ mean and how do you get involved? Dust off your aprons, and let’s find out.

What’s Real Bread Week, Anyway?

Real Bread Week isn’t just a carb-rich bread bash (as fun as this may sound). It’s a nationwide celebration of all things fresh and additive-free. Launched in 2010 by the Real Bread Campaign, this week-long event is part of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming. Their mission? To support the making of wholesome bread made without any additives or preservatives. It’s all about getting back to basics, caring for the environment, and savoring simple pleasures.

Making Homemade Bread on Real Bread Week

This week is a golden opportunity not only to support local bakeries making real, fresh bread; but to actually dabble with making some at home. If you’ve never attempted bread-making in your own kitchen, this may sound intimidating – so here are a few tips to get you started. 

  1. Start Simple: Don’t be intimidated by fancy recipes. Start with a basic bread recipe consisting of flour, water, yeast, and salt. You’ll be amazed at how delicious it can be.
  2. Get Hands-On: Embrace the knead. There’s something therapeutic about getting your hands dirty and working the dough. Plus, it’s a great arm workout.
  3. Patience is Key: Let your dough rise at its own pace. Don’t rush the process—good things come to those who wait.
  4. Share the Love: Homemade bread is the perfect gift. Whip up a loaf for a friend or neighbor and spread the carb-filled joy.