Bread: How to Make It and Different Varieties

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You can’t go wrong with bread. One of the oldest human-made foods, this food garnered significant importance since the dawn of agriculture. Additionally, it plays an essential role in both religious rituals and secular culture. So, how is it made? In today’s blog, we give the lowdown on the process of making this favoured carb. And, we discuss different varieties from around the world.

How to Make Bread

Bread is essentially baked dough. However, some cuisines use methods such as steaming or frying. Additionally, this dough may be leavened or unleavened. What this entails is add raising agents which lighten and soften the mixture. Thus, making the food easier to chew.

Common ingredients in the recipes include:

As well as other ingredients such as milk, egg, sugar, spices, fruit (usually dried or olives), vegetables (such as onions), nuts or seeds.

Easy Loaf Recipe

Hankering for some bread? Check out this straightforward white load recipe.

  1. Mix 500g of flour, 2 tsp of salt, a 7g sachet of fast-action yeast in a large bowl.
  2. Then, make a well in the centre and add 3 tbsp of olive and 300ml of water. Mix well — add more water if the dough seems stiff.
  3. Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead for around 10 mins until a satin-smooth consistency.
  4. Place it in a light oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Then leave to rise for 1 hour until double in size.
  5. Once the dough is ready, next line a baking tray with parchment. Knock back the dough by punching the air out and pulling it into itself. Then gently, mould into a ball. Place it on the baking parchment and allow to prove (leaven) for another hour until doubled in size.
  6. When risen, dust the load with some extra flour and cut a cross along the top with a sharp life.
  7. Bake for 25mins in the oven at 220C. The finished loaf will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath.

Different Varieties

Want to try a different sort of dough? Dive into this non-exhaustive list of bread from around the world.

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

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