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Pane, Pain, Pan, Brot… Bread

Nearly every culture around the world has its own version of bread. Be they fat, soft loaves, crepe-like flatbreads, pillowy rolls, or crumbly wedges — bread is a dietary staple and a comforting reminder of home.


Let’s examine 15 types of bread from around the world.


Baguette

Quintessentially French, baguettes are long, thin loaves made only from flour, water, yeast, and salt. They are golden-brown and crusty on the outside and have a soft, chewy texture on the inside. Their characteristic scoring is from being slashed diagonally before baking in order to release the steam.

Bammy

This Jamaican flatbread is made with cassava flour. It is similar to bread made generations ago by the Arawaks, Jamaica’s indigenous people. Bammies are either fried, steamed, or baked and then soaked in coconut milk. They are delicious served alongside fish or jerk chicken.

Challah

This braided Jewish bread is rich and satisfying, probably because it is made with eggs. It is served during the Sabbath and other holidays. A round version, which symbolizes continuity, provides the traditional centerpiece for the Rosh Hashanah table.

Chapati

This Indian unleavened flatbread is a type of roti but is thinner and cooked over a stove or on a griddle. It’s delicious by itself but is also a perfect accompaniment to any number of stews and curries.

Cornbread

Cornbread is a staple of the American South. Originally created by Native Americans, today’s cornbread has many versions. Some are sweet and cake-like while others are crumblier and savory. A favorite way to cook it is in a piping-hot cast-iron skillet.

Cottage Loaf

This white bread with a soft, springy texture has two round loaves stacked on top of each other, with the top one being a bit smaller than its bottom. Its unique shape originated as a way to save space in Southern England’s old-fashioned ovens.

Dampfnudel

These German steamed buns are known for their soft tops and caramelized bottoms. They’ve been around since the 1600s and can be part of a savory meal or be served with vanilla or caramel sauce as a dessert.

Focaccia

This thick Italian yeast bread is similar to pizza dough. It is made on a sheet pan and dimpled by the baker’s fingers prior to being baked at a high temperature. It comes out of the oven golden, craggy and fragrant. It can be flavored with coarse salt, herbs, or just olive oil.

Injera

Injera is a porous and spongy Ethiopian bread made from teff flour, a tiny grain native to Ethiopia. The dough is fermented with yeast, giving the bread a unique, tangy flavor. Crepe-like and thin, it is often served underneath stews and vegetables. Pieces of the bread are then ripped away and used as utensils to scoop up the meal.

Lavash

This unleavened flatbread is traditionally baked in a tandoor. It comes out thin and blistered with a chewy, soft texture. It originated in Armenia but can be found throughout the Middle East and in Western Asia.

Pandesal

These rolls from the Philippines look similar to Parker House rolls. They are soft and slightly sweet with a fluffy texture. They are popular as a breakfast or midday snack and often served with jam and butter or with a strong-flavored cheese.

Pan Dulce

This is Mexican sweet bread. The most popular and recognizable are conchas — shell-shaped sweet rolls made from a soft enriched dough, typically eaten at breakfast.

Pita

This Mediterranean flatbread is known for its distinctive pocket, created by being baked at a temperature high enough that the water in the dough turns to steam. The resulting pocket is perfect for filling with meats or vegetables.

Shaobing

Shaobing is an unleavened, layered flatbread from the Shandong province of China. It can be round, oval, sweet, or savory. They can be plain or stuffed with sesame paste, meat, or vegetables and are often served alongside soups.

Soda Bread

This Irish quick bread gets its leavening from a combination of baking soda and an acid, like buttermilk. It has a hard crust and a tangy taste, perfect to enjoy with butter and jam.

There is no better way to experience a culture than by sampling their version of bread. Let DoorXDoor Delivery be there to help you experience new cultures or just to explore your own by bringing delicious food right to your door.

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