Confession-I love bread! The bigger and the crustier the better!
I can trace my love affair with the sandwich back to when I was little. My mum used to do the ‘big shop’ on a Wednesday with my gran and grandad and she would always buy these beautiful ‘knots’ of bread and when we got back from shopping she would make a cheese salad sandwich for everyone. Isn’t it strange that I still remember that 35 years later? Who knew a sandwich could have such an impact.
It’s very rare that I would eat such a thing now. I can’t remember the last time I went in a butty shop but if I was to go in one it would be a little place in Prestwich called The Fresh Cookie. If anyone knows the area it’s just across from St Margarets church. The sandwich of choice would be a cheese salad with mayo on a muffin (barm, bap, tea cake(?!) whatever you want to call it-let’s not go down that route!) the best thing about that butty is that if you eat it out of the bag when you are finished you are left with filling still lurking in the bottom of the bag that you can scoop out. A ‘proper’ butty (and very pointable although very high in points).
Over the years I hear time and time again that bread is ‘bad’ for us and should be avoided or eaten in moderation. My mum stopped eating bread and got to goal. She is just one example of quite a few people I know who are slim and healthy and don’t eat bread-or wheat of any kind.
I’ve been trying different breads over the last couple of weeks and thought I would share my findings with you.
First up we have cloud bread. This seems to be being promoted everywhere at the moment. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s carb free bread made from eggs and cream cheese. Some also add cream of tarter in (I didn’t) the result was a light but eggy sponge that I really wouldn’t want to put a sandwich filling on. I even tried toasting it but it didn’t fare any better. I think it could possibly be a good substitute for a naan bread or a pizza base but as a bread it was a no from me and they went in the bin
I have also tried rye bread. The one I bought was 4sp for a slice from Lidl and I love it toasted with scrambled egg on top so that’s a yes from me
I have long since used crumpets as a hot sandwich. Slice it in half and pop and egg in between for a great breakfast butty
Bagel thins are also great for this and can also be used as an open sandwich
My favourite discovery though in terms of bread and the sandwich is getting a baguette-I used granary-then scooping out the middle therefore reducing the amount of bread and smart points. I managed to get a 7sp baguette down to 4sp doing this. I was then left with two ‘boats’ and instead of there being bread inside I filled it with tuna, cheese and salad.
Amazing! It was like a shop bought one and felt like I ‘proper’ sandwich.
If you love a good butty please share your bread favourites and said it loud and say it proud-I LOVE BREAD!