Bread is one of the key staple components of most people’s diets, perhaps for some people, myself included, it might make up too much of their diet. There are so many different varieties to try, breads for those with particularly dietary requirements and also packet mixes and easy to follow recipes for making your own homemade bread. Those professionals that bake bread day in and day out work on larger commercial ovens like a Lincat LMR9 Medium Duty 6 Burner Gas Range Oven or even larger ones, both of which you can find on https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/commercial-ranges/lincat-lmr9-medium-duty-6-burner-gas-range-oven
If like me you are a fan of all things bread related or are thinking of starting to make your own loaves, rolls and artisan breads then here are a few interesting facts for you.
Bread has been made for centuries what has changed is the way that we use and consume it. In Medieval times a large piece of bread was used as an absorbent plate called a ‘trencher’. The bread plate would contain the meal that had been prepared along with any gravy or accompaniment that went alongside it, once the meal had been finished the ‘trencher’ could then be eaten itself. It was sometimes given the less fortunate or fed to the family dog.
Bread was also another way to determine a person social standing. This was due to the fact that families with less money could not afford the higher priced white flour and so their loaves of bread were naturally darker in colour. It is interesting that since we have discovered that white bread is less healthy for us than brown bread, this trend has actually shifted with brown bread often being higher priced than white.
The ability to have ready sliced bread became available after the invention of the simple machinery that allowed for this to happen. It is reported that within five years of this invention around 80 percent of all the loaves of bread sold in the United States were pre-sliced. This is where the saying ‘next best thing to sliced bread’ comes from. During the Second World War in the US the government banned the production of sliced bread as they deemed it to be an unnecessary use of resources and equipment.
What is your favourite types of bread? How do you prefer to consume it – as a sandwich, a piece of toast in the morning or perhaps a nice bit of French toast with a cooked breakfast?