Bread is often considered a humble supporting player, but it can also play a starring role when paired with the right accompaniments. In this post, we'll share some tips on how to create perfect bread pairings, elevating your culinary experience to new heights.
A crisp, crusty baguette pairs wonderfully with soft, creamy cheeses like Brie, while tender, pillowy focaccia complements firmer cheeses such as aged cheddar or Manchego.
Play with flavours
Experiment with contrasting and complementary flavours to create an exciting, well-balanced experience. Try pairing a tangy sourdough with a mild, nutty cheese or a fruity jam with a rich, wholegrain loaf.
Explore beverage pairings
Bread can also be paired with beverages for a harmonious experience. For example, a crusty, wholegrain loaf goes well with a robust red wine, while a light, fluffy brioche might be best enjoyed with a sparkling white or even a fruity tea.
Choose your loaf
Crusty white bread pairs well with light, fruity wines like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, and fresh salads, cheeses and light spreads like hummus - or simply dipped in delicious extra-virgin olive oil with a sprinkle of salt!
Sourdough bread pairs well with full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec, alongside tangy cheeses, cured meats, and spicy dishes.
Pair your wholegrain loaf with medium-bodied red wines like Merlot or Zinfandel, nutty cheeses, roasted vegetables and rich spreads like peanut butter or avocado.
Fresh baguettes pair well with crisp sparkling Champagne or Prosecco, (we strongly recommend trying Sussex Sparkling wines from Chapel Down, Ridgeview or Tinwood) and soft cheeses, cured meats, and fresh fruits.
Rye bread pairs well with light-bodied red wines like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. It also goes well with smoked meats, pickled vegetables, and sweet spreads like apple butter.
Bread is a versatile food that can be paired with a wide variety of flavors, textures, and temperatures to create unforgettable culinary experiences. And by storing your loaves in a Wheat Fields Bread Bag, you can keep your bread fresh and delicious for even longer, ensuring that every pairing is as perfect as the last.