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What makes artisan bread so special?

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Lucyellensmum95 Sat 16-Mar-13 23:00:23

Its really expensive so i have never bought it, what is it exactly?

hiddenhome Sat 16-Mar-13 23:01:59

Well, it's rustic and middle class innit? grin

stargirl1701 Sat 16-Mar-13 23:02:19

It's not made by the Chorley method so it takes longer to make. More time = more labour?

YouTheCat Sat 16-Mar-13 23:02:23

I have no idea what artisan bread is.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 16-Mar-13 23:02:58

It just means made by someone who thinks s/he is a craftsman. Usually it's made with a lot less mechanical stuff (eg steam-rising) than commercial stuff.

But if you make your own bread you could call it artisan. Frankly if it tastes good who cares? smile

Feilefoo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:03:18

the little flecks of unground flour?

Lucyellensmum95 Sat 16-Mar-13 23:03:57

oh, my DP and DD have made bread tonight - they must be artisans then smile

Shallishanti Sat 16-Mar-13 23:04:57

I'm sure I remember reading it has more salt than is recommended (that's why it's yummy)

hiddenhome Sat 16-Mar-13 23:05:00

I think they roll it around on the floor so it picks up lots of little bits of tasty grit confused

Elderflowergranita Sat 16-Mar-13 23:08:44

Artisan bread simply means a bread that is hand made, rather than by a mechanical process.

It can have any flavour, depending on the person who makes the bread. There isn't one universal recipe for 'artisan bread'. grin

YouTheCat Sat 16-Mar-13 23:10:27

Is it bread with twigs in it? Like real ale? grin

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sat 16-Mar-13 23:13:18

It's woven with lentils.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 16-Mar-13 23:13:34

Bread wi' nowt tekken out. wink

I quite fancy bread with twigs in.

YouTheCat Sat 16-Mar-13 23:15:10

I quite fancy wine...

Lucyellensmum95 Sat 16-Mar-13 23:16:53

I quite fancy some real ale!

Ullena Sat 16-Mar-13 23:17:42

It has Artisans in it of course! They're endangered.


DeepRedBetty Sat 16-Mar-13 23:18:07

It's made by jolly nice people who sell it on the farmer's market to other jolly nice people. For approximately three times as much as the same thing costs in Waitrose, and five times as much as the same thing in Greggs.

CointreauVersial Sat 16-Mar-13 23:18:23

Well, it's more expensive, so that must mean it's better, no?

paperclips Sat 16-Mar-13 23:20:20

Very middle class.

You buy it in farmer's markets for about a fiver a loaf, and its locally made blah blah therefore it must be good.

We bought some. I thought it was crap. Was dry and heavy and not very enjoyable at all.

But then I rather like plasticy commercial bread.

MarmaladeTwatkins Sat 16-Mar-13 23:22:28

Those patterns in the top of the loaves are made by Helga pressing the dough into her armpit hair before baking.

The earthy taste is where little Cressida has had a knead after playing with her organic slug farm.

thegreylady Sat 16-Mar-13 23:23:21

I have a secret craving for a Warburton's toast loaf sad

DillyTante Sat 16-Mar-13 23:23:53

Slow risen bread is much better for you. The gluten is more broken down & easier to digest. Shop breads, even fresh, often made quickly & with far more ingredients than necessary (flour, water, salt, yeast). You are paying for people's time.

YouTheCat Sat 16-Mar-13 23:24:12

You mean, I could spend 30 minutes making some bread and then some berk person would pay me a fiver for it? Hmm, could be on to something here.

DillyTante Sat 16-Mar-13 23:25:15

The Real Bread Campaign

hiddenhome Sat 16-Mar-13 23:26:31

Add mouse droppings for that extra crunch grin

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