For the love of bread! Bread is like love, It rises, falls, can sometimes go stale, can be so sweet or delectable, and it can nourish and energize you. Who doesn’t love bread?
History of bread
Bread, in all its various forms, is the most widely consumed food in the world! (Way more than rice!) In fact, recent scholarship suggests humans started baking bread at least 30,000 years ago .
With such a long history behind bread, you would think there would be some interesting facts about it? Here are a few!
- In mediaeval times bread was used as absorbent plate. It was called trencher.
- White bread was the preferred bread of the rich before it was found that it has less nutritional value than dark.
- The sandwich is named after John Montagu (1718-1792), the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who started the trend of eating beef between two pieces of bread.
Throughout the years, new creations of bread were also invented!
Bread is the staple food of the world but in the different parts of the world it is made differently, called differently and used differently. Here are some of breads that are made around the world.
- Roti is whole-wheat unleavened flat bread made in South Asia. It is similar to tortilla.
- Anpan is a sweet roll from Japan. It is filled with red bean paste or white beans, sesame, or chestnut.
- Laobing is a flatbread from Northern China. It is made by frying thick unleavened batter made of salt, flour and water in a pan.
- Hushpuppies are deep fried or baked corn dough balls. (no dogs were harmed in the making of these bread!)
- Bhatoora is fried bread made in India. It is made from flattened dough that is fried until it puffs.
Bread is so broad that it could be anything from a country loaf? English muffins? Pizza dough? Naan? Cornbread? Yes.
Welcome to the universe of bread.