Best known for pasta-based dishes, Italian breads are a category of that countries great tasting cuisine that should never be overlooked. Bread is an ancient food and nowhere has that fact been more evident than in this sun-drenched Mediterranean land.
Bread and butter pudding is one of those traditional British desserts that everybody loves. The pudding is made from slices of stale buttered bread layered in an oven dish with a liberal scattering of raisins. An egg and milk mix, which has been seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon or mixed spices, is then poured over the top with more bread put on top. It is then baked in an oven and served. Many folks may serve it with custard or cream, but usually the pudding underneath the crust is moist enough to be eaten without any sauce.
The original bread pudding recipe began life back in the twelfth century as the ideal means to use up stale bread while making it edible again. This was a necessity for folks living at that time, as they could not afford to let any scrap be thrown out – everything had to be eaten. The bread was simply steamed and enriched with an assortment of meat or fruit before baking.
A baguette sometimes referred to as a French loaf or French stick is a long, crispy crust bread that is closely associated with France. Under French laws, the name baguette can only be used for bread made from four ingredients, which are flour, salt water and yeast. If any other ingredients are added when baking a French baguette, the baker will have to call the loaf by a different name.
Although it is called Monkey Bread, there are no monkeys and no bread in this recipe. Nevertheless, it is a delicious, sweet and sticky gooey treat that is easy to make and something that everybody will enjoy.
White bread generally refers to breads created with wheat flour from which the wheat bran and germ layers, have been removed from the whole wheatberry during the flour milling or grinding process, thereby creating a light colored flour. The milling process gives white flour an extended shelf-life by removing the natural oils from the whole grain. Doing so allows products made with the flour, such as white bread, to be stored for extended periods..
Naan bread is a classic accompaniment to any Indian meal and is a traditional yeast-free bread, similar to pita. Traditionally, Naan bread is baked on a griddle in a stone oven, but you can make it at home as well. This traditional recipe, by Indian vegetarian gourmet Manjula, walks you through how to make six naans in your own kitchen.
Bread is a scary thing for the novice baker. All that kneading, rising, rules about yeast is enough to make most of us turn and run the other way. There are very simple rules and techniques to making the perfect loaf of bread. If you still find yourself weary, there are quick and easy to make bread recipes and handy gadgets that can make you look like a professional bread maker.