Loved all over the world and with hundreds of variations, bread is a culinary classic around the globe. Be it all soft, with a crunchy, sweet or salty cone, with or without stuffing … no matter what type: bread is always very welcome.
And although the base is almost always the same, there are several factors that interfere with the final taste and texture of the food. So today we are going to share with you the most famous types of bread here in Brazil and the differences between each one! Check the list here:
FRENCH BREAD OR SALT BREAD
Despite having “French” in the name, the salt bread is not actually of European origin! On the contrary, this was a Brazilian creation – only inspired by traditional French breads. Basically, European families who came to Brazil to visit the country asked the cooks to reproduce the French version of the bread.
However, without exact and equal measures and ingredients to Europeans, the result was never the same. It was in this wave of attempts that the bread most consumed by Brazilians was created! Today, it is known mainly for its crunchy crust and soft white crumb, prepared with wheat flour, water, salt, sugar, yeast and some type of vegetable fat.
And since we mentioned the baguette when talking about French bread, nothing better than explaining a little of this product. Unlike our salt bread, the baguette traditional does not take sugar, besides having the most elongated and flattened shape. There are also similarities with our daily bread, like the crunchy, dry rind and the soft crumb.
As far as is known, this type of bread appeared around 1793, when the French Convention decided to institute a standard type of bread to which all citizens would be entitled. Its success had some ups and downs, but today the baguette is definitely one of the symbols of France!
From Europe to the Middle East, let’s go to pita bread! Also called pita bread or pita bread, this is that flat bread, with thin crust and hollow crumb – as if it formed two sheets of dough. It is also one of the most common side dishes for traditional hummus, which is nothing more than a type of “pate” based on chickpeas.
Everything indicates that pita bread is among the oldest types of bread in the world, since it has a very simple preparation and takes basic ingredients. And its fame is not for nothing: in addition to being a light dough, but that brings satiety, this type of bread has a lower amount of calories and fat.
NATURAL FERMENTATION BREAD
We also have to mention another classic that has become even more popular in recent times, naturally fermented bread. It takes its name because it does not take chemical or biological yeasts, but the levain – a homemade yeast made with just flour and water.
Unlike other breads, this option is more aromatic and has a slightly more pronounced acidity, precisely because of the levain. The end result of the dough is always the same: a more rustic bread, with a thick rind and a well-aerated crumb. And, of course, an unmistakable flavor.
Despite having a base similar to all other breads, the differential of Italian bread is in the fermentation process. Contrary to the rule for soft and fluffy bread, this version is not kneaded for long, passing through only a few folding processes.
Therefore, one of the characteristics of this bread is the thicker rind, but with the crumb still soft and fluffy. In Italy, it is called pane casereccio, which means homemade bread in Portuguese ?
Whenever we see a very soft and sliced bread we always remember it, the loaf of bread! He is the champion of sandwich recipes and always makes delicious snacks – from cold dishes to warm ones.
The product has been around since 1912, when American Jeweler Otto Rohwedder discovered how to slice bread on an industrial scale. But, it was only in 1960 that this delight became popular, since it started to be wrapped in a plastic bag – increasing its conservation time. If you are looking for recipes with bread, bet on that cold pie with tuna pate!
You probably have seen or tried the classic Australian bread, known for having a slightly sweet taste and being very brown. Although the name indicates that it comes from Australia, the bread does not actually have a well-defined origin. But, one thing everyone knows, he is successful in Outback!
The secret to the very different dough lies in the use of brown sugar, a little cocoa and honey and even malt extract, in addition to flour. It is very cute and delicious with a very creamy butter, just like the restaurant chain ?
Another French classic on our list! Brioche has been around since 1400 and, like loaf of bread, is a super soft variety, but more buttery and unctuous. The combination of the egg and the fat of butter is what results in the lightness and softness of the roll, which has been famous since the Middle Ages.
It is similar to milk bread, which also crumbles in the mouth and has a very light and smooth dough. So, whenever you are looking for a bread that contains these characteristics, bet on these two ?
How not to love our famous
cheese bread? Okay, he’s not exactly bread, but he couldn’t be left out of our list! This Minas Gerais delight was created back in the 18th century and is still a success today.
The dough is mainly remembered for containing sour and sweet sprinkles, which must be scalded to guarantee the texture of the cheese bread. But, today we already have variations as delicious as the original version, like the pasta with potato or bacon stuffing. Who takes a piece there?
And then, did you also feel like savoring fresh bread? If you feel like preparing one at home, check out these tips for the perfect homemade bread first!