Our daily bread?

December 4, 2009

I’m not generally over bothered about bread. But I was impressed with the sourdough on offer at last weekend’s feast at Hambleton Hall. So much so that when visiting my friend Jenny’s pub in Langham (The Noel Arms – drop in if you’re passing, I’ve seen the kitchen, it ‘s all tickety-boo), I called in at Hambleton Bakery in Oakham to get  a loaf. At £2.30 for an 800g loaf it’s not cheap but it’s a thing of beauty both inside and out. Baked in a wood fired oven, it’s crusty but yielding and gratifyingly floury,  the texture is springy like a crumpet, and the smell is wonderful. It has that distinctive tangy, sourdough taste  but it is mild. It’s flavourful enough to enjoy on its own with butter, but it’s not overpowering and I’m looking forward to trying it with some  powerful, complex  Quicke’s vintage cheddar.

We’re assured that the artisan production techniques mean the loaf will keep for around a week, toasting up nicely even after that. Can’t see it lasting that long.

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