Around the world bread is a staple in almost every single diet. Throughout history bread has been recognized as an important part of society’s survival. There have been wars started over the land on which the grains grow that are used to make the breads of a country or region.
Breads come in many forms, they can contain leavening or not. Bread can be grilled, baked, boiled, and fried. They can be loaf shaped, flat, square, round, long and shaped like a wreath. They all have some sort of grain or flour in their ingredients; it can be ground chickpeas as in Roti, corn as in Tortillas, dark rye as in Pumpernickel or wheat as in Baguettes.
Breads are consumed with every meal of the day, not to mention for snacks. For breakfast we may think of Bagels, Croissants, Biscuits, Muffins, or Scones. Lunches may contain sandwiches made with Ciabatta, Pita, Cuban, Pumpernickel or Rye. For our supper we commonly see baskets containing Rolls, Bread Sticks, Focaccia, or Naan. We also eat bread for snacks such as pretzels that come in both soft and hard varieties and it maybe a slice of fruit or vegetable breads like zucchini, banana or cranberry.
Here are some more of the world’s breads:
Corn Bread: No visit to the American south is complete until you eat 3 things, namely BBQ, grits and delicious, buttery Corn Bread.
Cuban Bread: This crunchy bread is the base for the mouthwatering Cubano, or Cuban sandwich, in which ham, roast pork, cheese and pickle achieve apotheosis.
Focaccia Bread: Thick, warm, doughy and flavorful, this predecessor of pizza dough is the best thing the Mediterranean has produced since democracy.
French Bread: The ultimate dinner-bread, and what a shape; between baguettes and the Eiffel Tower, it’s no wonder Paris is though of as the city of love.
Fry Bread: This Native American bread is so much a part of modern Indian culture it’s practically a culture hero…and it’s also delicious.
Irish Soda Bread: There are a million variations of this staple of the Emerald Isle, but the simple, yeast-free original has been pleasing pallets since the 1840’s.
Italian Bread: The other ultimate dinner bread, perfect with a little butter, a little cheese, maybe some garlic and/or tomato sauce and a box of antacids.
Naan: Scrumptious flat bread that no Indian meal can do without and a way to relieve the sting when you tell the chef you want the really spicy curry.
Pita Bread: This falafel pocket from the Promised Land is adaptable and yummy, and keeps the food in your hand and not on you pants.
Rye Bread: This dark and hearty bread comes from Germany, and is the perfect match for Black Forest Ham.
This travel across the world of breads leaves the reader
hungry and ready for a snack.