if you visit New Zealand you must have a taste of the best bread I’ve ever eaten. It’s called Mackenzie High Country Bread and honestly, I wish I could bring it here to Australia. It is full of grain, nice and thick and very satisfying. Don’t I sound like a commercial?
When I returned to Australia I contacted Goodman Fielder who own Mackenzie and asked them where I can buy it here. Sorry, it’s not available in Australia. When you are dealing with a large company like Goodman Fielder you can be sure that its call centres don’t give out proper information. They had never heard of Mackenzie Bread.
I wasn’t going to give up just yet, however, so I phoned Woolworths in Sydney and manged to find one person who told me that my description of the bread and its packaging sound very much like her favourite bread. It’s called Lawson’s Traditional Bread and is identical to Mackenzie’s.
Encouraged by that information I phoned Woolworths in Brisbane, only to be told that while Sydney has Lawson’s it is only sold in N.S.W. I am pursuing this trail.
So why am I keen to find Mackenzie Bread? Sure, there are other bakeries but quite frankly Australian bread is not up to standard. I suspect that the Aussies adopted English recipes and English bread is not famous for its quality.
When we first came to Australia in the Fifties, bread was white and doughy and had no flavour. I even remember one of the brands- an awful stuff called Procera which shredded into gooey bits when you tried to butter it.
Things have progressed a little since then with immigration. Italians, French and Germans bake tasty bread and they are very good. But if you want a genuine wholegrain, thick and healthy bread then none of the Aussie bakeries provide it. Not even those pretend independent bakeries which I try from time to time.
If anyone out there can speed up the process of getting Lawson’s Traditional Bread to Queensland, I would be eternally grateful. I’ve got a good book, some verse, and a flask of wine. I’ve even got a precious thou beside me, mercifully not singing in the wilderness. All that’s missing is the loaf of bread beneath the bough. (with apologies to Omar Khayyam)