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.

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A cookie is a small, flat, baked treat which typically contains egg, fat, flour and sugar. The word cookie derives from the Dutch word koekje which literally translated means little cake. This Christmas season, host your own cookie trading party.  Here are some starter recipes for fun Christmas cookies that you can bake at home.

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There are numerous variations of pita bread recipe, especially since various cultures around the world have made it part of their daily cuisine. For example, in the Mediterranean, pita bread is dipped in special sauces such as humus. It is also used as a sandwich wrap for kebabs or falafel. The Turks on the other hand create a pizza out of it called lahmacun.

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Fresh bread is a great and wonderful addition to anyone’s diet. Sure, there are some folks who are anti carbohydrate, but they are missing out on a great opportunity to produce fresh bread. The trouble is that the majority of folks do not have six or so hours to make bread by hand. There are ways to avoid this by reading or watching "how to guides" and "how to videos" available for making fresh bread from scratch. However, there are even easier ways in the form of a bread machine, which is a great way to enjoy fresh bread. Then you can try some of the free bread machine recipes that will be included when you buy your very own bread-making machine.

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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.

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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.

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Sweet breads and cake batters may be next on your lists of culinary conquests, so if you are not quite sure how to make the best dessert breads, the convection bread maker may need to be your next kitchen purchase. Here are some of the best bread makers to choose from.

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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.

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