The other day I was overcome with craving for cinnamon raisin bread. It came after a trip to the beach, where on the drive there I was lost in thought and memories. I used to visit my grandmother every summer, and we would go on long drive to find the perfect beach where we would spend the day, me pretending to be a mermaid, and her trying to convince me to come out of the sun. On these trips it was always inevitable that we would stop at a bakery on the way and buy a freshly made loaf of raisin bread, and ever since then it has been one of my guilty pleasures.
I am a firm believer that bread is a necessary element to everyone’s diet. Up until a hundred or so years ago, it made up a large portion of everyone’s food intake. Yet, somehow today people stay away from it at all costs. You know what I have to say to that? Look at the French. Some of the thinnest girls I know are French, and they all enjoy bread or pastries with every meal. It can’t be that bad for you. In any case, I will continue to eat it.
Back to the point, I found a recipe for a whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread the other day that was incredible. It was light, fluffy, a hint of sweetness, and it made incredible toast. Now, it wasn’t a hard recipe to make, but like all good breads, it takes a lot of time and patience. Something I highly recommend though.
What I wanted to share with you today though was not the recipe for the bread. Right now my current craving is for a sandwich I used to love to make. It is an unlikely combination of ingredients, but I felt that since it was summer time (and summer is the time when everyone should go on at least one picnic) it would bring something different to the table. The ingredient list is as follows:
1. 2 slices of toasted raisin bread, lightly buttered with a just a dab of spicy mustard
2. sweet, ripe tomato
4. a slice (or two) of swiss cheese
5. smoked turkey slices
6. freshly ground black pepper
Combine in any order or quantity you may desire, and enjoy. I came up with this combination after a long hike up Camel Back mountain in Phoenix a few years ago, and it has been my favorite sandwich ever since. People’s first reactions at the suggestion of using cinnamon raisin bread for a savory sandwich is usually a look of disgust or confusion, but I promise, you will love it.