Really Slow Food: A Loaf Fit For A King
Britain's most expensive bread is a favorite with royals and celebrities.
What’s common among Liz Hurley, artist Damien Hirst and Prince Charles? Apart from being British nationals, they are all patrons of the Shepherds Loaf, a specialty bread made by Hobbs House Bakery of Gloucestershire, UK. Priced at $30 a loaf, it is clearly not for everyone, but its creator and the owner of the bakery, Tom Herbert believes he has good reason to price it exclusively as he has used the best possible ingredients to make it.
The recipe for making Shepherds Loaf has been passed through generations of Herbert’s family and takes two days to make. The flour is made from locally grown organic spelt (an ancient grain) and the sea salt used has been harvested in the far west of Cornwall since the early days. The water comes from a local spring, while the sourdough, a fermented mixture of flour and water, has been continuously cultured and replenished in a steel tank for the past 55 years.
Shepherds Loaf was rated “Highly Commended” at the Soil Associations Organic Food Awards 2009. The bakery takes orders online too and has a 3 day wait for this premium piece of bread.