{Nourish} Best Bread Ever

This is my Dad, Jack:

He was born in 1925, in London, England. He can remember the milk being delivered by horse and cart.  His entire extended family lived within two streets of where he was born.  He speaks so fondly of  what he calls ‘the matriarchal society’ he grew up in – a time when your family and your community were one in the same, and all the support you needed was right next door.  His house was bombed out twice during World War 2.  He remembers the wartime vividly and it can still bring him to tears.

In 1949 he immigrated to New Zealand and started a new life half a world away from everyone who was dear to him.  As with everyone, his history has made him the person he is today, and he, more than anyone I know, lives his life simply, appreciating everyday moments and finding joy with what he has.

For my entire life my Dad has rejoiced in his small rituals.  He was retired before I was born and so as I was growing up he spent his days at home: mornings with a cup of tea and a bowl of muesli; afternoons spent in the garden; fridays were reserved for grocery shopping and library visits.

One of his favourite daily rituals was baking bread.  He doesn’t do it very often anymore (although he can recite the recipe off the top of his head!), but he still preaches the virtues of simple joys such as a homemade sandwich and a glass of home-brewed beer.

I have included the recipe below (click on the image to bring it up in a separate window).  When I made it I found that I had to add a little more water (about 100ml) than the recipe specifies – it is quite a wet mix (not like your usual bread dough).  It really is the easiest bread recipe I’ve ever tried and the smell during baking is quite divine!  I recommend eating it while it’s still slightly warm with a thick spread of butter and some sliced tomato and cheese.

Let me know if you give it a go.  Do you have a family recipe that brings back many childhood memories, or that makes you think of a particular person?  I’d love to hear about it.







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4 Responses to “{Nourish} Best Bread Ever”

  1. June 20, 2011 at 3:12 am, Brandy said:

    Happy Fathers Day, Hana – your father sounds like such a sweet man! My favorite book in the world – Mister God, This is Anna – is a true story that takes place in London in the 1930s. It’s funny to think that your dad would have been living there while it was happening.

    I’m tempted to try this bread! I’ve only made bread one other time though – Sadie and I made Challah one Sabbath. I’ll let you know if I do!


    • June 20, 2011 at 10:54 am, Hana said:

      Happy Fathers Day Brandy! I had forgotten it was Fathers Day in the Northern Hemisphere. For some reason we don’t celebrate it until September (although our Mothers Day is the same I think – weird, huh?!) I will have to look for your book in the library!! You must try the bread! It is so easy – I haven’t made it for a while, but when I made it on the weekend for this post I remembered how truly easy it is!! – oh and there is nothing better than the smell of bread baking in the oven! H xo


  2. June 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm, Phoebe said:

    The smell of Jack’s house, and in particular his bread is one of my most distinct childhood memories – in a lovely way.


    • June 21, 2011 at 12:18 am, Hana said:

      Mmmm… will have to bake you a loaf as a house-warming gift! H xo


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