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Types Of Bread: Your Guide To Choosing The Perfect Loaf

Types Of Bread: Sure you love bread. When you enter a bakeshop, it excites you because there are a lot of delicious breads to choose from.

Generally made from wheat flour dough, bread is one of the most loved foods. And all over the world, bread is one of the most basic and oldest staple foods since the Neolithic era.

Therefore, there are a lot of types of bread that the world has to offer. French bread, white bread, rye bread, pita bread, and more!

As a bread lover, how many types of bread you can name? Here is a list of some of the types of bread that the world has to offer.

White Bread

White bread uses the central core of wheat flour grain. It is the most common variety of bread. To give white bread taste and flavor, different contents, such as vegetable flours, herbs, seeds, or a mixture of these are added.

Multigrain Bread

This is a healthy variety of bread because it provides more fiber to improve digestive health. It is made by combining assorted whole meal, white, or rye flour.

It becomes multigrain when one or some of the following various constituents are added: wheat germ, vegetable pieces, nuts, seeds, fruits, spices, whole grains of wheat, oats, corns, rice, barley, gluten, honey, and non-fat milk solids.

This type of bread is further classified into two types, namely, heavy multigrain bread and light multigrain bread.

Heavy multigrain breads have a high content of grain, small volume, and dense texture while light multigrain breads are similar to white breads with small content of grains, oats, and other wheat.

Flat Bread

Flat breads are the oldest types of bread ever made by human. In the Middle East, pita bread is the most popular and most common type of flat bread.

The basic flat breads are made of the most basic ingredients, namely, flour, water, and salt.

Wheat is the most used for making flat breads, but other grains, such as barley, millet, corn, oats, rice, and rye can also be used to make assorted kinds of flat breads.

They can be made into single layer or double layer depending on the use and preference.

Flat bread varies in different countries.

In China, flatbreads are laobing; in Armenia, they are lavash; in Norway, they are lefse; in Yemen, they are malooga; and others.

Corn Bread

Literally, corn bread is made up of high content of corn.

It is a healthy type of bread because it does not contain gluten and is marked as a “gluten free product”. It effectively helps in solving intestine problems.

Corn breads are high with anti-oxidants like zeaxanthin, lutein, beta carotene, and other carotenoids and are rich with Vitamin E and magnesium.

It has 18% more protein compared to regular wheat bread.

Appam Bread

Appam bread or colloquially known as “hoppers” are most popular in southern India and Sri Lanka. They are made of fermented rice flour and thinly shaped like bowl.

It has a neutral taste and is served with spicy condiment or curry. It is usually served during breakfast or dinner.

Bagel Bread

Bagels are ring shaped like donuts but with a dense and chewy interior. They are usually topped with sesame seeds or poppy seeds baked into the surface.

Bagels are perfect to combine with other foods, such as ham, cheese, mayonnaise, and other food complements depending on your taste and choice.

They last longer compared to wheat breads.

Baguettes

Baguettes are most common and popular in France. They are also called yeast bread. The ingredients are water, flour, yeast, and salt.

They are shaped into elongated loaf with slits on the top surface to allow gas expansion. They are hard in texture and usually re-heated before consumption.

Toasted Bread

Toasted breads are typically served for breakfast topped with warm milk with sugar and butter. Other ingredients, such as paprika, salt, pepper, raisins, cinnamon, and cocoa may be added.

Toasted breads vary in different regions. For instance in New England, toasted breads are milk toasts that are dipped in milk-based white sauce.

Rye Breads

Rye breads originated in Europe.

They are basically wholemeal breads made of rye or a mixture of rye and wheat flour. They are made in different sizes and shapes.

Rye dough has less water than dough and made of ordinary flour so they are stiff and maintain their shape.

Also, rye dough is weak because rye flour contains a small amount of dough strengthening proteins.

To stop rye bread from being doughy and sticky, it undergoes several proving stages to raise the acidity and kill the amylase.

Wholemeal Breads

When processing wholemeal doughs, the amount of water added to reach optimum dough consistency is increased because the bran of wholemeal absorbs more water compared to ordinary wheat flour.

The dough is weaker because the bran breaks up the strong protein bonds thus, weakening the dough structure.

This will make the dough collapse when it rises, so extra protein is added to make the dough stronger and stop it from collapsing.

Wholemeal breads are healthy because they contain more vitamins and minerals compared to white bread.

They also promote good digestion and healthy weight loss because they are an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Other Types Of Bread

The above mentioned types of bread are just a few of the hundreds of types of bread in the world. Depending on your personal preference and health concerns, breads are good way to fill our empty stomach and lighten our mood.

The following are some other types of bread:

  • Fruit Bread
  • Tortilla
  • Hearth Bread
  • Lavash Bread
  • Ciabatta
  • Olive Bread
  • Walnut Bread
  • Potato Dill Bread
  • Ricotta Bread
  • Foccacia
  • Naan
  • Chinese Steamed Bread
  • Pumpernickel Bread

Some people say that eating too much bread makes a person fat. However, that is not completely true. The calories contained in breads are easy to burn.

It’s the other ingredients that we add or put on top of the loaves that add to the calorie content of the bread we eat. Therefore, the simpler the bread, the less calories it contains.

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What Is Bread Machine Yeast

Bread Machine Yeast:

For all of you out there who are completely new to the world of homemade bread, this article might be a good place to get some knowledge on bread machine yeast.

I assume that you don’t know much about yeast, nor its types, so I’ve decided to help you out.

What Is Yeast?

First, let me begin with explaining what yeast is. Yeast is a tiny microorganism that can be found everywhere around us, from plants to air.

The reason why it is one of the main ingredients for making bread is because it helps with the fermentation process. Have you ever noticed how yeast rises?

Well, this happens because yeast feeds on sugars found in flour, and then it expels carbon dioxide. This is why the bread has an airy texture.

Types Of Yeast – Bread Machine Yeast

When it comes to different types of yeast there is fresh and dry yeast. As you probably already noticed, finding fresh yeast in stores is almost impossible.

Why?

Because it tends to perish quickly, so it has to be handled properly. Understandably, the owners of local stores don’t want to deal with this process, so they simply don’t sell fresh yeast.

However, professional cook love using fresh yeast more than dry, because it delivers super tasty dough (later bread).

As for dry yeast, there are three types (active dry, instant yeast, and rapid-rise yeast), all of them have been using for bread making.

Active Dry Yeast

Dry yeast is most commonly used at homes.

The good thing about this type of yeast is that even though it’s active, it won’t rise until being sagged into liquid. So, when you’re making bread, and don’t want the yeast to rise before it should, simply use flour to prevent that.

If you want to use active dry yeast for your bread machine, make sure to buy a quality one.

Of course, the more time it passes, after the yeast came into contact with liquid, the better taste of bread will be. So, if you don’t mind waiting for yeast to rise, and want to make super tasty bread, this is the way to go.

Instant Yeast

The difference between active dry yeast and instant yeast is that the first one requires two rises and the second one needs only one rise before you can use it.

Obviously, that’s where its name (instant yeast) comes from.

Now, the reason why instant yeast will rise so fast is because of its texture. It’s finely ground and will absorb moisture much faster, so the result will be perfectly airy dough.

This means that this type is ideal if you use a bread machine. It will produce flavorful dough (bread) in a short time.

But, keep in mind that this type of yeast should not be used for refrigerated dough baking methods.

Rapid-Rise Yeast

The last type of yeast is so-called rapid-rise yeast. Compared to the first two types, this one will rise in the fastest way, because its granules are much smaller than instant yeast.

Those who have bread machines with the “rapid bake” mode, usually use this type of yeast. It will encourage the growth of bread and will help bake it in less than an hour.

However, cooks don’t love using rapid-rise yeast, as it doesn’t get the chance to develop flavors, so dough (later bread) will have more of a bland taste.

So, in case you are in a biiiig hurry, you can use rapid-rise yeast, but otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it.

For me, the beauty of homemade bread lies in its crispiness, lovely, airy texture and that unique wonderful taste, so I don’t want to ruin all that by using rapid-rise yeast when I actually don’t have to.

Where To Store Yeast?

Active Dry Yeast – Open And Unopened Package

  1. If you have already opened yeast, there is no need to throw it away. Instead, you can leave the yeast in its original package/container, put it in a plastic bag that is resealable and then put in the fridge (it can be kept there for six months) or in the freezer – where you can keep It for even one year.
  2. So you’ve bought active dry yeast and then you’ve noticed that its expiration date was a long time ago? Well, don’t worry. This type of yeast, when unopened at the room temperature, will be in a good condition for even one year, after the expiration date. What’s more, if kept in the freezer, it will be in a good condition for more than a year.

Instant Yeast

1.Opened

If you opened instant yeast, you can place it in the fridge and keep it there for six months, and even one year in the freezer.

Like with active dry yeast, you have to keep instant yeast in its original package and keep it in a resealable plastic bag.

2.Unopened

If unopened at the room temperature, instant yeast will be good for use, for one year after its expiration date.

How To Test Yeast?

In case you aren’t sure whether yeast is alive, try this quick test.

Just add a half of the teaspoon of sugar into the bowl where you previously put water and yeast. It is important to add sugar and stir at the same time.

Then, leave yeast for ten minutes and wait ‘til you see foam and bubbles. This will mean that yeast is still active and alive.

Bread Machine Yeast – Conclusion

I hope that this article helped you get a better understanding of bread machine yeast. Remember that the choice of yeast will have a huge impact on the texture and taste of your bread, so choose wisely.

If you want only the best and have time for that luxury, use active dry yeast. On the other hand, if you are very hungry and don’t want to wait, use rapid-rise yeast.

In case you want tasty bread, but don’t want to wait for two rises, then choose instant yeast.

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