One urban myth that I have never seen, done myself or been aware of others doing is that of having freshly baked bread in the kitchen when prospective purchasers come to view your house. Has anyone ever seriously done this? Did it work?
I have to admit that if I was viewing a house and there was a freshly baked loaf of bread on the work top of an immaculate kitchen I would immediately be suspicious!
However over the last few months Matthew and I have got into making our own bread. It started as a ‘bread is getting really expensive’ moment and the realisation that the ingredients for a loaf are far cheaper than the baked whole. Our first few attempts were a bit hit and miss & we have learnt to keep an eye on the Kenwood mixer whilst it is kneading the bread but now, I think, we are producing perfectly acceptable loaves.
And they do work out a lot cheaper. I did work it out that it is around 30 – 40p for a loaf of bread. It does take a bit of time to mix the ingredients and let the dough prove, but it is also very rewarding. We tend to make two loaves at a time and freeze one. We also do the kneading in the Kenwood Chef which cuts that process in half timewise.
The major downside is that when the bread is toasted it is amazing! Very tempting to eat far more than one should!