Liza loves obscure holidays—especially those that celebrate food and beverages.
National Homemade Bread Day
Did you know National Homemade Bread Day is celebrated on November 17th in the United States? I got the excitement of the holiday by making a loaf of homemade bread for my family. Baked goods are best when they're warm and fresh. There's nothing like the aroma of fresh homemade bread, hot from the oven. Of course, it's easy to get store-bought bread, but making my own gives me happiness and satisfaction.
In this article, I'll give you everything you need to know about bread.
You can find:
- A Brief History About Bread
- Six Ways to Celebrate National Homemade Bread Day
- How To Say "Bread" in Different Languages
- Homemade White Bread Recipe with Photo Tutorial
- A Gallery of Scrumptious Homemade Bread
A Brief History About Bread
Bread is full of symbolism around the world, across cultures and religions. A bread-making started about 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, part of the Middle East that follows an imaginary line that curves, like a quarter-moon shape, from the Persian Gulf through modern-day southern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and northern Egypt. Ancient Egyptians usually get the credit for inventing the oven and discovering leavening, both of which are quintessential components of the bread-making process.
How To Say Bread in Different Languages
- Malay/Indonesian: Roti
- Italian: Pane
- German: Brot
- Arabic: khubz (خبز)
- Latin: Panem
- French: Pain
- Dutch: Brood
- Tamil: Roṭṭi
- Somali: Rooti
- Danish: brød
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Six Ways to Celebrate National Homemade Bread Day
- Make homemade bread for your family, it can be a regular loaf of white bread, soda bread, brioche bread, raisin bread, challah, rye bread, or even multi-grain bread.
- If you know the basic bread recipe, have a bread baking adventure by learning a new bread recipe.
- Take a picture of the bread you made and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalhomemadebreadday.
- Enjoy a slice of toasted bread with your favorite spread like fruit jam, Nutella, or just butter. Yum!
- Check your local bakery shops and see if they are offering discounts on your favorite bread in celebration of the holiday.
- Celebrate with families and friends by inviting them for brunch (Make the bread a day before, slice it, and make French toast!).
Homemade White Bread Recipe
Prep Time: 3 hours (including proofing and resting time)
Total Time: 4 hours
Yield: 1 loaf bread
For the yeast mixture:
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
For the dough:
- 4 1/3 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
- 1 tablespoon cooking vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Make the yeast mixture: In a mixing bowl, combine warm water, active dry yeast, and sugar or honey. Gently stir with a spatula.
- Allow the yeast mixture to sit in a warm place until it is activated and becomes frothy.
- Combine the flour, salt, melted butter or oil, vinegar, and warm water into the yeast mixture.
- Mix the ingredients with a spatula to form a rough dough.
- Place the mixing bowl in the mixer with a kneading hook attachment. Mix at the low speed for about 5 minutes until the dough comes together to form a ball.
- Increase the speed and continue kneading the dough for another 15 minutes or until it's smooth and elastic.
- Remove the dough from the hook and transfer it to a mat or floured surface. Fold the dough over a few times by hand and transfer to a greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap. Let the dough proof for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface or kneading board. Gently press the dough by using your fingers to let the air out. Shape the dough into an even thick rectangle.
- Roll the dough tightly starting from the short side. Make sure to press the edges of the dough as you're rolling up. Tuck in the edges underneath the dough to seal it.
- Transfer the dough into the prepared loaf pan. Loosely cover with cling wrap and let it proof again for about 90 minutes in a warm place.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Place the loaf in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 195ºF.
- Cool it on a wire rack. Brush the top with melted butter and honey. Let it cool completely before slicing.
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