Now Before I was born, sliced bread was invented. I have always heard the saying that this or that was "better than sliced bread". I understand how wonderful it was for moms to able to run to the grocery store and pickup a loaf of prepackaged, presliced store bought bread. It saved them from the time consuming process of having to make bread several times a week, then slice it each day and hope that the different size slices would fit in the toaster or in a sandwich bag. Each prepackaged loaf was exactly the same size, uniform in length, width, height and color. Each loaf vitamin enriched for all the "Iron Kids" out there.
Then bread makers realized that people wanted more than just white or wheat bread and started making 9 grain loaves and oat bran loaves and raisin bread and tons of other types. Once again the masses were satisfied. With the advent of the superstores, bakeries were brought back into the store and they started selling fresh baked loaves that were still warm from the oven. The only problem was that by the time you got home, they were no longer warm and you still had to slice them. So the superstores added in bread slicers to take care of the slicing but it was rare to make it home and have dinner while the bread was still warm.
Recently, I have started making bread at home with the twins after school. They love mixing the ingredients and coming back 20 mins later to see how big it has gotten. They love getting flour all the way up to their elbows and down the front of their shirts while kneading the dough. (They are starting to get much better at the process.) It takes me back to a time in my childhood when I was that kid on a step stool reaching over the counter and doing my best to knead the dough like mom did. There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread wafting through the house while waiting for that first glorious bite of warm bread with butter, jam or honey on it and I think the twins agree with me when I say that there is nothing better than UNsliced bread!