The History of Bread

The earliest record of bread was 450-385 B.C., which was recorded by the Greek scholar, Aristophanes. Aristophanes has mentioned that Greeks baked “doughnuts” made from crude flour and honey, along with honey flans and patterned tortes. The next record of baking was found with the Egyptians during 2600-2100 B.C. The Egyptians used baked goods to serve the royalty and used in sacrifices.

Figure 1.

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(2494-2345 B.C.) Relief depicting the making and baking of bread. The Egyptians in this wall painting shows them baking over an open fire to create bread. [Wall Painting]
Bread is also a part of many historical traditions that are still celebrated today. Bread is used as a symbol in many religions such as Christianity. One of the historical traditions that still stands today that involves today is Good Friday as a way to break a fast.

The making and baking of bread has spread from Greeks to Egyptians to the Roman Empire. During the forth century A.D., the craft of pastry baking found it origin. The Roman Empire’s festive and epicure personality allowed a craft such as pastry baking to thrive. Some pastries that were invented during this time are: cakes, pretzels, and sweet cakes.

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The History of Bread

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