Thursday, February 21, 2013

Caramelised Onion Sourdough Bread and Butter is Better

Caramelised Onion Sourdough Bread

The few times that I had onion bread, I loved it. I wonder why it is not more popular considering that onion is not an expensive ingredient. 

Caramelised onions add nice flavor, aroma and moistness to bread. The recipe is available here.

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Chocolate cupcakes with espresso and toffee

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Care2
I suppose we all have our views on which is better – butter or margarine. Here’s an interesting comparison looking at different factors.

Cost: Margarine is winner
Did you know that margarine was banned for 62 years in Canada. During this time bootleg margarine was smuggled in from the former Dominion of Newfoundland for half the price of butter.

Taste: Butter is winner
This is subjective, but probably quite unanimous, unless one has been eating margarine from birth and really acquired the taste. The person who thinks margarine tastes better probably loves those canned sausages. I have never tried those, one day I will.

Heart Healthy Saturated Fat Levels: Margarine is winner by slight margin
Butter has more saturated fats. For a long time saturated fat was wrongly associated with higher rates of heart disease and other health problems. Some saturated fats are now known to be extremely healthy for you.

While Care2 concludes margarine is winner, I think otherwise.

Vitamins and Minerals: Butter is winner
Butter contains an easily absorbable vitamin A, E, K, and D, high levels of selenium and iodine.

Cholesterol Content: Margarine is winner
Margarine contains no cholesterol while all animal products contain cholesterol. High blood cholesterol levels are associated with heart disease, so major health associations warn against consuming over 300 mg/day.

Many researchers and nutritionalists maintain that blood cholesterol is dependent not on dietary cholesterol levels but how much our bodies naturally produce. They also point out that dietary cholesterol is necessary for intestinal health and that human breast milk is high in cholesterol.

Essential Fatty Acids: It’s a tie
Butter has small, but equal, amounts of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Some margarine has added omega 3 fatty acids.

Trans Fat Content: Butter is winner
Some margarines are now “hardened” with different methods so they contain no or little trans fat.

Specialized Fatty Acids: Butter is winner
Butter contains a number of health-boosting fatty acids: butyric acid, lauric acid, conjugated linoleic acid and glycospingolipids.

Dairy Allergies and Sensitivities: Margarine is winner
Butter has small amounts of milk proteins which some may be allergic to. It also contains small amounts of lactose. Cultured or fermented butter has less but still has traces.

Level of Processing and Naturalness: Butter is winner
No explanations needed here.

It seems “butter is better”. It certainly sounds better than “margarine is better”.


  1. I grew up eating margarine (I think it was the era) but now love butter and can't really imagine going back to margarine :) Why was it banned in Canada?

  2. I love butter specially the good quality ones specially when spread on a freshly baked bread.

  3. Your onion bread looks extraordinary! As a student I used to buy often a kind of flat bread with lots of fried onion on top (it was baked with the onion, so it was fried and caramelised). I still remember how I loved it as a snack... I like the pattern you have created with onion on top too. It looks very professional.
    Butter is definitely better, unless someone suffers from an illness of course. Margarine is so awful... I can smell a tart made with margarine-based pastry at 100 metres!, well maybe I have to come a bit closer ;-) I don't have children but I have recently learnt that in several European countries margarine is forbidden to children under the age of three because it doesn't give them any advantages (apart from being fat), while butter gives vitamins and cholesterol which children need (see the point about human milk) and because we never know if margarine is trans or not, so doctors say to parents that small but regular amounts of butter are advised. It proves something, doesn't it?
    Otherwise I once listened to a very interesting BBC 4 radio program about margarin: all the interviewed scientists said that the omega they boast of are derived from plants, not fish for example, and it makes them much much less valuable.

  4. Oh the caramelized onions must give an extra flavor and nice depth to the bread, looks wonderful.

    Too funny, back in college I took a public speaking class and we had an assignement were we had to self-debate two opinions, I did it on butter vs margarine lol. I say butter is the overall winner too.