Bread: A Staple in Your Kitchen
Bread is a staple food in almost every country. Although different countries prepare it differently and may have different names for it, bread is a universal food that everyone enjoys. In America, white bread is the most popular but that is changing with growing awareness of the health benefits of multigrain breads. Thanks to the diversity of American citizens, many varieties are available for purchase in bakeries, markets and grocery stores.
The most common kind of bread found in grocery stores is sliced bread. But fortunately this type of bread can also be split into varieties. There is simple white, wheat, whole wheat, potato, oat and multiple kinds of bread with varying grains baked in. Sliced bread would fit into the yeast bread category.
Alongside sliced bread in the store, you can find many other varieties of yeast type breads. For sandwiches, burgers or hot dogs, there are buns to fit each one. Bagels and English muffins are among the miscellaneous types of bread at grocery stores.
Some people prefer to have bread baked fresh for them and in that case they would visit a local bakery. By visiting a bakery, you will have a larger selection of breads that may not be available at a larger chain store. Often times you can find pastries and other baked good alongside bread at a bakery.
The bread offered for sale at a bakery may be unsliced and unpackaged. If you are able to buy your bread at a bakery instead of a grocery store, you won't regret paying a bit more for the quality. If not, sometimes grocery stores will also offer fresh baked bread from their own bakery. Alternately, try baking your own bread to save time and money.
Besides yeast breads, you are probably familiar with quick breads. Quick breads can be any kind of bread that does not have yeast in the list of ingredients, such as fruit breads. Quick breads are easy to make and can make for simple breakfast or are a great addition to a brunch. If you have some bananas that are turning brown, do not throw them away, they will work great to make a loaf or two of banana bread.
Though loaf bread is great and saves time, sometimes you will want individual servings of bread. In that case you can use a tried and true yeast bread recipe to make dinner rolls or even sweet rolls such as cinnamon buns.
Other individual sized treats in the bread category include biscuits, muffins or buns. Most quick bread recipes can be modified to make muffins, just remember to modify the bake time. Homemade buns are also a great thing to bake at home. Many people find that they prefer the taste of homemade breads.
If you are interested in trying new breads, visit an international bakery if you can. You may think you have tried every kind of bread there is, but remember there is more to bread than yeast and quick breads. There are always more recipes being created every day, so make it your duty to try a new kind of bread every day.