background preloader

Bread

Facebook Twitter

The History of Bread - The Chemistry of Baking Soda and Yeast. History of Bread. Heat has been cultivated by man since before recorded history. It is conjectured by anthropologists that hungry hunter/gatherers first stockpiled the grain as a storable food source. When it got wet, it sprouted, and people found that if the grain was planted it yielded yet more seeds. History of Bread Grown in Mesopotamia and Egypt, wheat was likely first merely chewed. Later it was discovered that it could be pulverized and made into a paste. Instead of waiting for fortuitous circumstances to leaven their bread, people found that they could save a piece of dough from a batch of bread to put into the next day's dough.

In Egypt, around 1000 BC, inquiring minds isolated yeast and were able to introduce the culture directly to their breads. It was also during this time that bread beer was developed. The Greeks picked up the technology for making bread from the Egyptians; from Greece the practice spread over the rest of Europe. Bread has a long history for a reason. A Brief History of Bread - Hungry History. Bread, in all its various forms, is the most widely consumed food in the world. Not only is it an important source of carbohydrates, it’s also portable and compact, which helps to explain why it has been an integral part of our diet for thousands of years. In fact, recent scholarship suggests humans started baking bread at least 30,000 years ago.

Prehistoric man had already been making gruel from water and grains, so it was a small jump to starting cooking this mixture into a solid by frying it on stones. A 2010 study by the National Academy of Sciences discovered traces of starch (likely from the roots of cattails and ferns) in prehistoric mortar and pestle-like rocks. The roots would have been peeled and dried before they were ground into flour and mixed with water.

Finally, the paste would be cooked on heated rocks. But how did humanity get from this prehistoric flatbread to a fluffy, grocery store loaf? 1. The most common leavening for bread is yeast. 2. 3. History of bread production- BakeInfo (Baking Industry Research Trust) The bread making process originated in ancient times. The basis of the operation is to mix flour with other ingredients, for example, water, fat, salt and some source of aeration followed by baking. As long ago as 2,000 BC the Egyptians knew how to make fermented bread. The practice was to use a little old dough, or leaven, to "start" the new dough. These two doughs were mixed together and allowed to ferment (rise) for some hours before baking.

They made an astonishing 50 varieties of bread, paid wages with bread, and painted breadmaking scenes in their tombs. A variety of methods have since been developed in making leaven. The Baker's Patent required the fermentation of hops and scalded malt for at least two to three days. In the early 1900's it was discovered that traditional long fermentation times could be reduced from 18 to 3-4 hours by the use of very small amounts of certain chemicals, called oxidants, in bread or flour. Raising Agents: The Agents which give Lift to your Baking! RAISING AGENTS fall into three specific categories: Chemical, Mechanical and Natural The main two Chemical Leaveners used in Baking are: Baking Powder and Baking Soda. Baking Powder is a blend of acid (most commonly calcium acid phosphate, sodium aluminium sulphate or cream of tartar) and alkali – (baking soda/sodium bicarbonate). Commercial baking powder uses several compounds which gives it a double action.

You can make up your own baking powder raising agent - for one teaspoon: mix 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda), is used when there is already an acid ingredient in the recipe such as: Applesauce, buttermilk, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, honey, lemon juice, molasses, vinegar. When baking soda comes in contact with an acid and liquid is added, carbon dioxide (CO2), water and a neutral salt are produced. Baking soda is much stronger than baking powder. How do these chemical leaveners work? Nb. Yeast as a raising agent. Yeast & Raising Agents | Doves Farm. Yeast is an organism capable of reproducing itself which when added to bread makes it rise. Given moisture, food and warmth and time, yeast will grow producing carbon dioxide gas to rise bread dough and creating the cellular structure of breadcrumb.

Before the commercial production of leavening compounds bakers relied on their knowledge and bakery skills to make the best bread they could with the ingredients available. Good quality yeast would produce good quality doughs and bread so across the centuries bakers sought to protect and control their source of yeast as it was their livelihood. From early times brewing and baking were often linked. Brewers ferments and by-products would typically be added to ground grains or flour to make a barm that would be used to leaven bread. Dried barm or a piece of remaining unbaked dough could be moistened, reworked and added as a starter to each new baking. Today sourdough starters are used in a similar way. Sourdough Starter Quick Yeast Fresh Yeast. Raising agents | What's In Your Fridge? Raspberry and Blueberry muffins In short raising (or leavening) agents make your cakes and breads rise, your mousse and soufflé light and fluffy.

There are three main rising agents used in cooking; eggs, baking soda and baking powder. Baking powder is probably the most common of the three. Basically the raising agent is anything that is added to introduce gas to the mixture that lightens and softens the final product. Baking powder and baking soda both introduce carbon dioxide gas into the mixture when reacted with moisture and temperature (heat from your oven). Baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda or bicarb soda) is pure sodium bicarbonate (a chemical compound).

Baking powder is a mix of baking soda, cream of tartar (an acid) and a drying agent (like starch). Oh and no you can’t substitute baking soda with baking powder. Eggs are a completely different matter. Tangent time… eggs (at least the ones I’m talking about) come from chickens, which makes them an animal bi-product. Science of Bread: Bread Science 101. From Chinese baozi to Armenian lavash, bread comes in thousands of forms. What do they have in common? On the most basic level, they all involve cooking a mixture of milled grains and water. Imagine a continuum of breads, ranging from the thinnest flatbreads to the fluffiest brioche. Some are amazingly simple: Matzoh, for example, is nothing more than flour and water, baked until crisp. Leaveners come in two main forms: baking powder or soda and yeast. Baking powder or baking soda work quickly, relying on chemical reactions between acidic and alkaline compounds to produce the carbon dioxide necessary to inflate dough or batter (more on this later).

Yeast, on the other hand, is a live, single-celled fungus. But leavening agents would just be bubbling brews without something to contain them. Starch, a carbohydrate that makes up about 70% of flour by weight, also gets in on the act. For more about bread science, check out these links! The Science of Leavening Agents.

The Science of Baking Bread (And How to Do it Right) [Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Welcome back to Breadmaking 101. For those of you just tuning in, this column is all about bread, and how to make it yourself in your own home. If you haven't read our previous posts, you can check out the recipe for the workhorse loaf here. Earlier, we discussed how to mix dough with confidence and purpose. Then, we let our dough rise, learned how to fold with intention, and talked about fermentation. But today is baking day, which means we're going to discuss how to bake the workhorse loaf into a gorgeous, chewy-crunchy-aromatically-hypnotizing marvel.

Baking isn't just a big party, however. And so, before we get into the practicalities of actually loading our loaves into the oven, let's take some time to talk about how we know when—the big WHEN—to load our dough into the oven, and take stock of what it means to properly proof bread. This post is nice and long, so feel free to peruse at your leisure or jump straight to one of the categories in our index. So. Bread and pastry baking on a professional deck and rack oven. Chemistry of Breadmaking: An Introduction to the Science of Baking. How bread is made - making, history, used, parts, machine, History, Raw Materials. History Wheat and barley were two of the earliest plants to be cultivated, and primitive people living as early as 5000 B.C. are known to have eaten these grains. Eventually it was discovered that adding water to the grain made it more palatable, and people experimented with cooking the grain and water mixture on stones that had been heated in a fire.

In this manner, porridge and flat breads were developed. The ancient Egyptians were known to grow barley and wheat. Excavations of their cities revealed that they enjoyed flat breads with nearly every meal. It is likely that leavened, or raised, bread was discovered accidentally when a wheat and water mixture was left in a warm place, causing the naturally occurring yeast to produce a puffed-up dough. It is also possible that a piece of leftover dough was mixed into a new batch, producing the same results. Cooking the dough in an oven over an open fire produced an even better grade of bread. Bread making. Raw Materials Fermentation Periodicals. Paul’s Top Tips | Paul Hollywood. Here are some of my top tips to ensure your bakes are perfect every time. Lighter crustsFor a better crust, set your oven to around 220°C/425°F/Gas7 and leave a roasting tray in the bottom of the oven to heat up. When the oven reaches the right temperature and just as you put the bread in to bake, fill the tray with cold water.

This creates a steam bath in the oven which helps the bread to have a lighter crust and prevents tearing. Is your dough kneaded enough? Crunchy crustsTo give your crusts a lovely crunch, add a light coating of fine semolina to your dough. Sticky-hand syndromeUse oil rather than flour on the table when kneading, as this will not alter the dough’s consistency and will prevent too much sticky-hand syndrome. Warm the milkWhen adding milk to dough, make sure that you warm it a little first.

Try a tin loaf firstWhen making bread for the first time, always use a tin so you can work on getting your dough right. Bread Baking Tips and Techniques. 8 Tips For Better Bread Making. How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. With the proliferation of helpful tools–everything wonderful bread cookbooks to stand mixers to electric bread makers to baking stones–one would think that bread baking has become more accessible.

The basic ingredient list is very simple and easy to find. Maybe what’s needed here is not gadgets, but knowledge. . #1. A successful bread dough is all about the ratio of flour to water. If your bread recipe is written in cups, do the conversions. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. How to shape bread: Loaf, roll and single plait. How to Knead Dough. An A-Z of breads from around the world. Ever wondered about the difference between chapatti and parathas, or wanted to be able to tell your focaccia from your grissini? Ana Blanco explains all this and more in our A-Z of world breads. Arepa Steven Depolo / Via Flickr.com Arepa is a flat, round, cornmeal patty that is eaten in Venezuela and Colombia.

It can be baked, fried or cooked on a charcoal grill, with fillings like grated cheese, ham, black beans, chicken salad and avocado, shredded beef or perico (Venezuelan-style scrambled eggs). To make arepas, you'll need a special pre-cooked corn flour, water and a pinch of salt. As it’s made from cornflour, arepa is gluten-free. Bagel The traditional bagel is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. Chapati [dac~ ] / Via Flickr.com Chapati is popular Indian flat bread made with wheat flour. Read our recipe for chapatis. Damper Heather / Via Flickr.com English muffin jeffreyw / Via Flickr.com See our recipe for eggs Florentine on muffins. Focaccia Grissini Injera Knäckebröd Lavash.

Fabflour.co. Bara Brith – Fruited bread from Wales of which there are many varieties, some made with yeast and others baking powder. Traditionally eaten sliced and buttered.Barrel – Usually made with a milk bread dough, baked in a ridged mould. Also known as a pistol.Batch – Loaf baked in a batch with others, rather than separately, wholemeal.Bloomer – Thick, long, white loaf, lightly cut across the top so that the cuts open out or ‘bloom’ to give a crisp crust. Sometimes sprinkled with poppy seeds.Buttery Rowies – Traditional Aberdeen butter yeast rolls. Shaped in a round or oval with a crisp crust and light flaky texture.Cob – Round smooth crusted loaf often topped with cracked wheat.Coburg – Round, crusty white loaf with a deeply cut cross on the top.Cornish Splits – Sweet, light yeasted buns enriched with butter and milk.

Also called Devonshire splits. More types of British breads Rolls – Many different varieties, shapes and sizes ranging from crusty white rolls to soft wholemeal baps. What The Heck Is Gluten? Bread, buns and early mornings | From Project: Day in the Life.