Breads of the World

Breads of the World Ideas:  Breads of the World is a great activity to use especially on Sundays like World Communion Sundays or in any worship setting where you are trying to highlight our connection as a church, as the body of Christ having a global aspect.  These breads are not exhaustive, but they are a good start.  Majority of these can be purchased from a grocery store that has a bakery and or a stand alone bakery; however, it may be meaningful to have people within the congregation make the various breads. 

Challah:  This Challah Bread is sacred to the Jewish people and plays a central role to their Sabbath meals.

Pumpernickel:  This Pumpernickel Bread is indigenous to Germany. Dark breads like this are also common in Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe.

Pita:  This Pita Bread is a staple throughout the Middle East, where people fill it to eat sandwiches, or break off bits of thin crust to spoon up other food.

Diphaphata:  You can either make Diphaphata or use English Muffins and say something like these English Muffins are to remind us of Diphaphata, pronounced [dee‐pah-PAH‐tah], a bread indigenous to Botswana.  Botswana is located in the southern region of Africa.  Diphaphata is similar to but heavier than an English Muffin.  This bread acts as a staple for the people of Botswana.

Rye Bread:  Rye Bread is a popular type of bread in Eastern and Northern Europe including Scandinavia, Finalnad, Russia, and the Baltic States.

Banana Walnut Loaf:  The Banana Walnut Loaf reminds us of the Carribbean Style Banana Bread. Fruits found in the warm Carribean Countries are used in Carribean Style Banana Breads.

Cornbread:  In Cornbread we see our roots in Native Americans as well as how it has been appropriated in various ways in North America.  Cornbread is a common bread in United States cuisine, particularly associated with the South and Southwest. 

You Could Also Use Fry Bread to represent Native Americans.

Baguette:  The baguette today is often considered one of the symbols of French culture.  Baguettes are popular staples throughout Western Europe.

Ciabatta:  Ciabatta translates literally as "carpet slipper."  Ciabatta is an Italian White Bread.  Although indigenous to Italy, Ciabatta is popular across Europe.

Scones:  Scones are a small British quickbread of possible Scottish origin.  Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, Austriala, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada.

Tortilla (corn):  The word tortilla comes from the Spanish word torta, which means "round cake."  When Spanish explorers discovered an unleavened flatbread made by the Aztecs, they called it tortilla (little torta).  The corn tortilla (tortilla de maíz), made from specially treated maize flour, have been a staple food of the Mexican region since pre-Columbian times; these are also now commonly made from wheat flour (tortilla de harina or tortilla de trigo).  Tortillas are a staple of many Latin American Countries.

Naan:  Naan is a leavened oven-baked flatbread that originated in Central Asia.  Although orignating in Central Asia, one of the most popular varieties comes out of South Asia.  Naan is popular in both Asia and the Middle East.  Naan is particularly popular in Afghanistan, Iran, India, Pakistan, and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China, where it is considered the staple food.

Chinese Almond Bread:  Chinese Almond Bread includes rice flour.  Rice flour is an ingredient used in the bread of the Chinese people, as well as other parts of Asia.  Rice flour is commonly used in India, Japan, and the Philippines.

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