Along with the little bready treats I picked up at Whitmuir on Saturday I also bought a gigantic loaf of Border Country Loaf.
This loaf is made with a french wheat leaven and has a lovely soured aroma and taste with a really soft chewy texture. The loaf I bought was a day old and still super soft. I purposely bought it day old because I had planned on making a panzanella for my supper...something to make the bread the centre piece of my meal.
Traditionally panzanella uses stale bread but I never seem to have any of that in my house so I just use fresh bread. This loaf was perfect. I had planned on making enough for one dinner with some leftover as a snack...but, well...I ended up eating it all.
In a large salad bowl I put half a thinly sliced red onion with 1Tbsp of red wine vinegar and 1 small clove of minced garlic. I let the vinegar soften the onions for a few mins while I seeded and chopped 2 largish tomatoes and then added those into the onions with some salt, sugar and then about 1/4 of the loaf of bread cut into cubes and a good glug of walnut oil. I mixed it all up and let it sit while I fried 4 rashers of streaky bacon and then added the bacon and the oil into the bread mixture.
And then sat down to enjoy!