Today we visited Ruth Shercliff of Langley Loaves to see her purpose-built wood fuelled bakery oven in full swing making ‘Real Bread’.
Ruth has been baking since 2009 when she was inspired by the training of Andrew Whitley, Co-founder of ‘The Real Bread Campaign’. She is the primary baker for Food4MaccDirect and also bakes for local customers in and around Sutton and Langley. On a baking day Ruth lights the oven about 4am, letting the heat die down to about 2-300 degrees C before she commences. The burnt wood is removed and the oven stays hot all day with up to 80 loaves or 115 smaller items being produ
Ruth uses as local and minimal ingredients as possible, with the stone ground flour from Walk Mill near Waverton. She explained how ‘shop bought’ breads can have up to 17 ingredients including preservatives and flavourings, but ‘Real Bread’ is based only on just Flour, Salt, Yeast,Water and then natural ingredients like herbs and grains for specific flavours.
The samples of sourdough and wholemeal bread that we tried were delicious and we all went away with a fresh loaf still warm from the oven. Many thanks to Ruth and Tim for their hospitality (and the bread!).