Questioning respectfully the rise of breads that take days to make?
Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt that these loaves of bread are delicious and making these loaves are probably satisfying, but I have to wonder about this sudden surge in popularity?
Bread is a staple of life for nearly everyone from all cultures for thousands of years. Yet today, bread is being seen as something we should cut out of our diets. We should be reducing all processed/simple sugars from our diet. Whereas bread was served at every meal of the day until recently. Now most of us eat it, once a day? Maybe some of us eat it at breakfast and lunch.
Also, I'm wondering if artisan bread is not just a feast for our eyes, but also a feast for our stomachs with maybe thoughts of, "Well, if I'm going to eat white fluff, I want to eat only the best tasting white fluff." And, since most of us don't eat bread at every meal, having a new loaf every week is plenty, especially for smaller sized families?
Let me explain more. Last night while my husband and son watched a movie that didn't interest me, I was watching videos on making sourdough bread. These recipes took DAYS to make. They looked great. I'm sure they tasted fabulous, but DAYS? So, do people have one bake (set of loaves) they are eating for the week and another in the build stage? Right now if I take a week to make a loaf of bread, I need to have a bread reserve so we have enough bread for the week.
And as busy as people are today, I'm surprised that people are taking the time to nurture a dough for so long.
I just have so many probing questions as to how quickly bread went from "wonderbread is fine" to "I only eat artisan sourdough". And then I have even more questions because I can buy tasty bread from Whole Foods that cost $4.50 a loaf. Bagged grocery store bread of decent quality is $3.50 a loaf. A local baker is selling them for about $8 a loaf. These artisan loaves of bread take TIME to make and I don't see much mark-up in the stores for that time.
So many questions. Like are these fancy bakeries actually taking that time to make them? I don't think so. Or maybe they are?