Fermented Bread

Authored by: Weibiao Zhou , Nantawan Therdthai

Handbook of Plant-Based Fermented Food and Beverage Technology

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439849040
eBook ISBN: 9781439870693
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Bread is among the earliest “processed” foods made and consumed by mankind, and today, it is still a staple food for many parts of the world. The latest archeological discoveries showed that the first bread eaten by human ancestors was most likely a quick bread, which was made by mixing flour with water and baking the dough on hot stones. Fermented bread was first made by ancient Egyptians more than 5000 years ago (i.e., ~3000 BC). Specially designed bread-baking ovens were used as early as 2500 BC, where bread was baked on the inner surface of the ovens (Zhou and Therdthai 2006).

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