Real Bread Week: make the perfect sandwich

Maple, fig and pecan bread

From its inception in 2010, the Real Bread campaign has cultivated the annual celebration behind #RealBreadWeek, which this year runs from 20th to 28th February. In an effort to encourage people to bake their own bread and to buy real bread from local, independent bakeries, Real Bread Week is celebrated internationally and also works to raise money for the charity, Sustain.

There are many ways to participate in real bread week and whether you’re buying a fresh loaf or baking your own – an undisputed truth is that one of the most common uses for bread is to make sandwiches.

Sandwiches are plentiful and varied in flavour, taste and range. According to the British Sandwich Association, we eat approximately 11.5bn sandwiches each year, a whopping figure that reveals just how well-loved the sarnie truly is.

We’ve compiled a few of our favourite sandwich components that will help you make the perfect sandwich.

Starting, of course, with a baked loaf! Spruce up your staples with this maple, fig and pecan bread – paired with caramelised apple and maple marmalade and cheese of your choice, this sensational combination of flavours is sure to become a favourite.

Once you’ve got your desired bread and an array of staple condiments, the options really are endless. If you’re a fan of the classics, why not try this maple mayonnaise – rich and creamy, with a sweet hint of maple. Whether it’s chicken, tuna, prawn or even bacon, it’s the complete accompaniment for almost any sandwich.

Alternatively, if you’re after something with a bit more of a kick, this maple mustard is a sure-fire way to bring the heat. Add to smoky ham, freshly buttered bread, sliced cheese, salad leaves and you’ve got sandwich guaranteed to impress.

Let us know how you’re participating in Real Bread Week and share your creations with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

A natural source of energy

Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.