What Is Bread?

By Owen Jones

Bread is a vital ingredient in the diet of millions of people on a day by day basis. However, there are as many kinds of bread as there are peoples' eating it and most countries have in excess of one sort of bread too. In it's most fundamental kind, bread is made by cooking a dough of flour and water. However, it rarely rests there except in children's scout camps.

The flour can be made from almost anything that can be dried and pulverized, so in Europe and America, flour is most normally made from wheat, rye or corn, whereas in India it is often made from gram and in Thailand it can be manufactured from rice and there are numerous other types of flour too, besides all the possible combinations obtained by mixing the different flours.

Often, whole grains or rough-ground material will be added into fine flour to improve texture, taste, roughage or / and aesthetics. Also, in the same vein, sometimes the dough will get rolled in seeds such as sesame, poppy or other kinds of crop like rolled oats. The second ingredient is water, but not always. You can use water, milk or even beer or yoghurt or a mixture of several of them.

Then there are additives. No, not the E-numbers or chemicals such as flavour-enhancers or preservatives, they are completely uncalled for, unless you are using poor quality ingredients or you want the loaf to have a long shelf life. No, I am talking of natural additives. Yeast is the first additive. It makes the bread increase in volume and so makes it light. Bread without yeast is more like cake. Sugar, honey or molasses is added to help the yeast rise.

Salt is the first real additive. Salt is added to inhibit the action of the yeast and as a flavour-enhancer, and you could add celery salt (garlic or any other salt) instead or table salt. However, you do not really have to use it if you do not use yeast. After that, the world is your oyster, you can put what you want.

Some people add an egg to give the bread more body or fruit such as raisins. Or you can add bananas instead or as well. Nuts are good in home made bread too but so are dried plums and apricots. I used to like to add a handful of rolled oats for additional fibre.

A little oil (olive or other) or butter will help the bread's elasticity and it will also store longer as well, not that that was ever an issue in our household. Herbs and garlic is lovely in homemade bread yet so is ginger or onions. In fact, one of the best breads I ever baked was made with the left overs from my Sunday lunch. I could not eat it but it was not enough to put in the fridge so I put it in the bread mixture.

I put in French green beans, a little potato, some cabbage, a bit of chicken, kidney beans and the gravy - only a little of |each. It was the best bread I ever baked, but I have spent the last ten years trying to replicate the loaf in vain, because I did not note down exactly what I did.

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