Jane Wheatley

The room was deliciously warm and scented from the morning's baking and beery aroma of the rye.

Well, you just can’t predict the things that will press people’s buttons. I have been roundly ticked off by several readers for remarking a few weeks ago that I couldn’t understand why people bothered with bread making machines when it is so pleasurable to do it by hand. Marilyn Laws – my current favourite correspondent – wrote “I went out last week and became one of the statistics for increased sales of bread-makers. Whatever the reasons I had, over many years, for making bread, pleasure never came into it. Better bread, cheaper bread and, at one point when there was a strike, any bread at all were the reasons.”

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