Inventions & Discoveries: Who were the first bakers of bread?

Inventions & Discoveries: Who were the first  bakers of bread?
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Inventions & Discoveries: Who were the first bakers of bread? Today, all classes of people throughout the world eat bread in one form or the other. Bread is simply the flour of cereals after it has been mixed into dough and baked.

Today, all classes of people throughout the world eat bread in one form or the other. Bread is simply the flour of cereals after it has been mixed into dough and baked.

The Egyptians were probably the first to make bread, about 3000 B.C.

While the Hebrews were also making breads in ancient times, it was the Egyptians who discovered yeast. By using yeast, they were able to make the dough rise, and so had “loaves" of bread.

The bread we eat is generally made from wheat.

This is because wheat is the only grain which contains a substance called "gluten". The gluten enables the loaf to rise better as it is baked, so produces the light kind of bread we like. Rye flour does not possess this quality, so it usually has to be blended with wheat.

Corn bread, hoe cake, corn pone, and spoon bread are made mostly from corn meal.

In Mexico, bread-like products tortillas are made from corn. In Scotland, they eat Scotch bannocks - a kind of flat griddle cake made from barley meal or oat meal.

The Swedish people eat a flat, crisp, hard bread which is made from rye flour. The Jews, for thousands of years, have observed the time of the Passover by eating a bread known as "matzoth", which is made by forming a mixture of flour and water into thin, flat cracker like wafers.

In some countries peas are ground into flour for bread, in others rice is used, and even acorns are used for bread flour in the Far East!

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