Bread has been referred to as the staff of life, because bread has been seen as a life-giving necessity in cultures across the globe. Every year on October 16, the United Nations commemorates World Bread Day. The World Bread Day is dedicated to the staple food that has been significant all over the world since agriculture began.

Mrs. Safa compiled a list of five popular breads from throughout the world!

  • Pita Bread

Pita originated from the Middle East, and it is known to be the oldest type of bread as it has been existing for around 4,000 years now. In the Middle East, there are many different forms of “pita” bread. Some of them are thick, while others are thin.

The name “pita” simply means “flatbread” and Greeks were the first people to use that term.

In the Middle East, however, flatbread is served with almost every meal.

  • Naan Bread

Naan bread typically consists of dry yeast, all-purpose flour, warm water, sugar, salt ghee and yogurt.

Naan is traditionally cooked in a tandoor, or clay oven. In fact, its thick, yet soft and fluffy texture will remind you of Middle Eastern pita bread.

Because it is popular in so many countries, it has a number of different spellings and pronunciations. In Turkic languages such as Uzbek and Uyghur, for example, this bread is known as nan.

 You read check Mrs.Safa’s Naan recipe here

  • Baguette

The word baguette coined in the early 18th century, means “wand” or “baton”. Alternative names for baguette are French loaf and French bread.

Did you know that the French government passed a law the French bread law in 1993? This law states that traditional baguettes have to make with 4 ingredients only.

 You can read Mrs.Safa’s Baguette recipe here

  • Focaccia

Summer is defined by focaccia. It’s crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and it’s great with meals, soups, stews, or divided in half for sandwiches.

Most historians believe it originated with either the Etruscans of North Central Italy before the Roman Empire was formed, or in Ancient Greece at the beginning of the first millennium BC.

The name focaccia derives from the Roman “panis focacius,” meaning “hearth bread”, referring to the fact that focaccia was traditionally baked in coals in Roman times.

Various versions of this Italian bread can also be found in other parts of the world. In Burgundy, focaccia is called foisse or fouaisse, in other areas of France it is known as fougasse. In Argentina, it is widely consumed under the name fugazza. The Spanish call it hogaza.

  • Brioche

Brioche is a French pastry that resembles bread, but is made with milk, butter, and eggs.

Brioche is a bread that has been around since the Middle Ages. Bakers from all around France have honed the skill of preparing the brioche bread we know and love today throughout the years.

French brioche comes in numerous shapes, sizes and flavors. In France, brioche bread recipes vary from region to region. Brioche is mostly enjoyed for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

 You can read Mrs.Safa’s Brioche recipe here

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