#RealBreadWeek separating the wheat from the chaff

13 of the best loaves for #RealBreadWeek

A whopping 99% of us buy bread regularly – that’s the equivalent of nearly 12 million loaves sold each day, but what’s really in the bread you buy?


23 February - 03 March is Real Bread Week - a campaign championing bread that’s been made without the use of processing aids or artificial additives. Soil Association organic standards ban the use of artificial colours, additives and preservatives in food. Organic wheat must be grown with fewer pesticides, and the use of herbicides (weed killers) such as Glyphosate is completely banned.

With no GM ingredients permitted under organic standards, looking for the Soil Association logo next time you shop is one of the easiest ways to get your hands on a slice of real bread.

So whether you fancy some roasted rye or a simple sourdough, here's a baker’s dozen different ways to enjoy organic this Real Bread Week. 

Real bread Week 2019 Logo

1. The judges favourite: Daylesford Organic Fruit Bread won Best Organic Bakery Product in our 2017 BOOM awards. The judges thought it was juicy, succulent and fresh tasting, and we totally agree.

2. Pick up a pack of organic heritage flour from Doves Farm, or one from their extensive range of gluten-free flours. Their website is packed with recipes for unusual and flavour-filled loaves - we particularly like this cheese & onion sharing bread, made from their rare Khorasan wheat.

3. Abel & Cole know which side their bread is buttered - check out their bumper bakery offering.

4. All you need to bring Bread Matters' sourdough starter back to life again, is a little warm water and rye flour - you’ll never need buy industrial yeast again.

Sourdough starter from bread matters

5. Go against the grain with this recipe for a sourdough white loaf with sundried tomatoes, olives and rosemary from Shipton Mill. True advocates of real bread, their mill in Shipton Moyne Wood has been producing flour since the times of the Domesday book!

6. Find a farmer’s market near you, for a slice of the action from the Celtic Bakers.

7. The South West & Bristol are a hub for real bread in the UK. Hunt down a loaf from traditional bakers Hobbs House, who use traditional overnight methods to produce real bread, or a branch of Baker Tom's in Dorset, Cornwall and beyond for a fresh loaf and a coffee.

8. Alternatively, if you're in London, why not explore Hackney's E5 Bakehouse? Channeling the true spirit of real bread, they use organic, locally-sourced ingredients, serving delicious, daily-baked breads & homemade cakes. Their head bakers also share their expertise in a weekly bread course.

Hobbs House Bakery Bread

9. Call us biased, but, a cob from The Authentic Bread Company might just be the best thing since sliced bread.

10. Keep your sweet tooth happy with this seasonal special; a recipe for organic blackberry and apple sourdough from Vanessa Kimbell.

organic blackberry and apple sourdough

11. Radio Alice use this mother yeast recipe to make the tastiest sourdough pizza, but it could easily be adapted for a sourdough loaf. Alternatively, try a sourdough bases at one of their pizzeria branches in Hoxton or Clapham.

12. Cut yourself a slice of superfood with this delicious Organic Turmeric Sourdough from the Famous Hedgehog Bakery, available to buy from Abel & Cole.

13. Pop in and savour a slice of the real stuff from one of our Organic Served Here restaurants. 

Search for your local independent retailer and support local businesses next time you shop for organic.