Bread is a basic food. Most cultures have a bread that is core to their cuisine. Some examples are
- Irish soda bread
- (US) southern corn bread
- San Franciscan sour dough bread
- French baguettes
- Jewish Challah, matzah or bagel
- Punjabi Bhatoora
- Danish morgenbrød
- Moroccan rghifa
For some people the scent of baking bread is the quintessential smell of home.
In addition to yeast leavened loaf bread, which is probably most common in Europe and places colonized by Europeans, there are flatbreads and quick breads like pancakes or biscuits, that do not need yeast to rise.
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"[Breadbaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells...there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread."
Bread recipes can vary widely. Most begin with flour and liquid, usually at least one liquid with oil or fat (water or milk, oil or butter), leavening (yeast, baking soda or baking powder, salt), sometimes eggs and flavorful add-ins like raisins, apples or apple juice, cinnamon or other spices, seeds (poppy, sesame) or fruits and vegetables (zucchini, pumpkin).
The term "bread" or "dough" is sometimes used to mean money.
"Give us this day our daily bread" - from the Christian Lord's Prayer
- bread and circuses
- the greatest thing since sliced bread
- half a loaf is better than none
- bread basket