Homemade Bread Day was originally started in the 1980s in Ann Arbor in USA by the National Homemade Bread Society and is now celebrated worldwide.
Bread has been around for thousands of years and ancient grinding stones called quern were found in Egypt. These would be used to crush the grain to make a sort of flat bread rather like Indian chapatis made from unleavened whole wheat flour and the Mexican tortillas made from corn.
The Ancient Greeks produced 80 different types of bread way back in 2500BC.
Bread was used as currency by the Ancient Egyptians and was placed in tombs with the dead.
In 1666 The Great Fire Of London was reportedly started by a baker.
Queen Elizabeth I united white and brown bread makers to form the Worshipful Company of Bakers.
Modern commercial white bread is bleached and has chemicals to make it soft and make it last longer.
The 1980s brought a shift to wholesome bread and a huge interest in artisan breads.
Bakers used to be fined if loaves were underweight so they added an extra loaf to every dozen they baked, hense the term 'a baker's dozen'
In outer part of a loaf is called the crust and the inner part is called the crumb.
Bread is the most widely consumd food in the world.
The largest loaf weighed in at 1,571kg and was made in Brazil in 2008.
The most expensive bread is from a bakery in Spain, this Pan Pina costs a whopping 117 Euros for a 400g loaf and it contains real gold dust!
Homemade bread is so much better than the basic sliced white that you buy in the supermarket.
let's make FLAT BREADS
- 600g strong white flour plus extra for dusting
- 2 heaped tablespoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs and fennel seeds
- 6 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 150ml warm water
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the centre and add the olive oil and the warm water.
- Mix well to bring everything together.
- Tip out of bowl and knead well for 5-10 minutes.
- Pull off 10 balls of dough and flatten to about 1cm thick.
- Using a non stick pan on medium heat cook each side for a few minutes until golden.