Special Sub-Topic: Our Daily Bread
|First, a bread basic. Unleavened bread is bread that doesn't contain agents that cause it to rise. Thus, such bread does not contain...|
Yeast. Yeast metabolism produces carbon dioxide bubbles that cause bread to rise. Other breads are leavened with chemical reactions that produce carbon dioxide, such as that between baking soda and sour milk.
|Unleavened breads are popular in many cultures. What is the Mexican version, used in many different dishes?|
Tortilla. The prices of tortillas are regulated in Mexico, so that everyone can afford them.
|Another unleavened bread is used by Jews during the Passover ceremony (and during the rest of the year as well!).|
Matzoh. Matzoh is used to represent the fact that the Israelites leaving Egypt had to leave so quickly that there wasn't any time for bread to rise.
|The Jewish people produce several distinctive leavened breads as well. This one, popular on the Sabbath, is a braided egg loaf.|
Challah. Challah is often sprinkled with seeds.
|Another distinctive Jewish bread is boiled before it is baked, giving it its distinctive texture.|
Bagel. That's why the holes are there- to let the bread cook properly during boiling and baking!
|Another Middle Eastern bread is often used for 'sandwiches' in the U.S., made by spreading a filling on the unleavened bread and rolling it up. It is also called 'cracker bread' due to its thinness and dry texture.|
Lavosh. Lavosh is lightly moistened before rolling it up so that it doesn't crack.
|Now on to Europe! If you are baking rye bread, what seed is used for the customary and traditional flavoring?|
Caraway. Yep, those tiny striped suckers that manage to get stuck between your teeth...
|What is a thin, almost sticklike loaf of French bread called?|
Baguette. "Baguette" is derived from words meaning "little stick."
|What ingredient helps give pumpernickel bread its dark color?|
Molasses. It also imparts some sweetness.
|What was the dry, filling bread (or cracker) called that British sailors depended on during long voyages?|
Hardtack. It was so hard and dry that it couldn't get much staler!
|On to Asia. What is the unleavened bread customarily served with many Indian meals?|
Chappati. It's a lot like a tortilla, which is a lot like a lavosh, which is a lot like a ping....
|What is the thin bread used to wrap the Chinese dish moo shu called?|
Bing. Bings are made from wheat flour and resemble tortillas, but are usually thinner.
|Now, on to the United States. What flavorful leavened bread is associated with San Francisco and the Gold Rush?|
Sourdough. The tang of sourdough comes from its fermentation with a special strain of yeast. The San Francisco yeast is unique to the area.
|Lastly, back to England for one more. What product, much like a flattened version of the English muffin from the U.S. or a thick pancake, is delicious with butter and jam at tea?|
Crumpet. Crumpets have many holes in them, which are good for holding lots of melted butter!
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