2012 October 12 |  Words by Samantha Jones | 

9 Things You Might Not Know About Bread…

1. Bread has been prepared for at least the past 30’000 years.

2. Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace and has close ties to religious expression and communion.

3. In medieval times in Western Europe breads were typically named after the class of people who consumed the type of bread. Loaf names included Knight’s loaf, squire’s loaf, varlet’s loaf, court’s loafs, pope’s loafs, common loafs and table loafs.

4. Most bread consumed in the West has been leavened. This involves adding gas to the dough before or during baking to produce lighter, more easily chewed bread.

5. A universal dietary staple, bread is usually made from wheat-flour dough, cultured with yeast, allowed to rise and baked in an oven.

6. The soft, inner part of bread is referred to by bakers and other professionals as the crumb (not to be mistaken for crumbs), while the exterior portion is known as the crust.

7. Rich in complex carbohydrates, bread is a great source of energy.

8. Bread is a good source of soluble fibre, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol.

9. Sliced bread was invented in 1928 by Otto Frederick Rohwedder in Davenport Iowa with the creation of the ‘Rohwedder Bread Slicer’, thus the phrase “the best thing since sliced bread” was coined.

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