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Review: Shepherd’s bread

In review on 09/28/2009 at 3:31 am

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions about what to review next! I will definitely buy and do one of them soon, but in the interim, I will review a product that I bought for general use (rather than for just reviewing, as I have been doing as of late).

Well… “general use” in this case still meant I bought it for a special occasion. It was a friend’s birthday, and we all were supposed to bring small bites/appetizers. I decided to make FlufferNutters (I hope that’s not trademarked) also known as sandwiches with peanut butter and marshmallow creme (Fluff), since the Fluff Festival took place the same day in the neighboring town of Somerville (where Fluff was invented– a crowning achievement of culinary excellence).

I realize that bringing a variation of peanut butter sandwich to a somewhat-classy 30th birthday celebration is the equivalent of bringing a six-pack of beer to a wine tasting, so a few friends helped me cut them into little hearts. Because then you got the whole Valentine’s-Day-celebration-for-3rd-graders thing going on to distract from the fact that it’s a PB sandwich, and it will make birthday boy feel younger to boot.

Anyway.

I wanted to find the perfect bread for the Fluff, peanut butter, and Nutella (plays well with everything, no?). I scoured TJ’s bread aisle with high hopes, as there are roughly a dozen varieties there. More specifically, I was looking for a nice pillowy white bread to nicely complement the sweet stickiness of the spreads.

I chose Shepherd’s Bread (“sweetened with honey and malt”) because it was white and simple, it had minimal sugar, and let’s face it, the picture of the shepherd tending to the lambsies on the packaging tugged at my religio-cutesy heartstrings.

Bad choice. The texture of the bread was heavy and denser than I thought. The bread itself tasted fine, but was a lot heartier, stiffer, and more rustic than what I had desired for my heart-shaped FlufferNutters and NutellaFluffers and NutellaPBers.

So, ratings wise, I’d give it 2.5/5 pelts as FlufferNutter material, and 3.9/5 pelts by itself.

It might be a better complement with hummus and turkey, or just as toast, or even as croutons. But in general marshmallow creme and peanut butter need a softer, gentler crumb that cushions the sticky goodness. It made me sad that eating the many, many scraps became a bit of a chore because of the stiffness of the bread. Maybe I should have just stuck to Wonder Bread.

However, I will be the first to advocate for Shepherd’s bread to be used for communion. Saltines are cool, but the Shepherd imagery just fits in too well.

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