I will always remember the exact moment when bread became an integral part of my life. It was on a cold, rainy evening in Georgia, shortly after Christmas, when I made my first-ever loaf of bread in my brand new breadmaker.
It was the simplest recipe - a classic white loaf that I found on the back pages of the instructional booklet for the bread machine. Five ingredients (flour, yeast, water, sugar, salt and oil), five minutes of preparation, and after three hours of waiting, a perfectly formed loaf of bread was born, and my apartment was filled with the most intoxicating aroma of happiness.
That was the moment I fell in love with bread.
I'd liken the bread-making process to making coffee in a Nespresso coffee maker -- minimum effort required, satisfaction guaranteed. When you make bread at home, you can enjoy it with the comforting knowledge that only the purest ingredients are used, so there's no risk of consuming any unwanted artificial additives. It is based on this philosophy that the Real Bread Campaign was born, to get more people to appreciate the beauty of bread in its most natural form.
Every year during the Real Bread Week, we celebrate not only the bread but its makers, and this time I've chosen to highlight my favorite baking duo on British television -- the Fabulous Baker Brothers -- and their fabulously delicious wheaten bread recipe.
我選擇嘗試最簡單的食譜 -- 經典白麵包，只需六種材料（麵粉，酵母，水，糖，鹽和油），花個五分鐘混合攪勻，倒入麵包機即可。三個小時後，一條有模有樣的麵包便誕生了，隨之而來暖暖的天然麵包香，環繞著整個公寓。
一年一度的「真實麵包週」期間，我們要慶祝的不僅是麵包而已，還有賦予它們生命的師傅們。今天我就來和大家分享由我最喜歡的英國烘焙雙雄 -- The Fabulous Baker Brothers 貝克兄弟 -- 所提供的小麥麵包食譜，向愛麵包的大小師傅們致敬！
1. 預熱烤箱170℃。若有烘焙石頭（baking stone)，把它放進烤箱預熱10分鐘。