For Americans the 4th July symbolises the day they gained Independence from Britain. The day is celebrated with fireworks, BBQ's, parades and sporting events, however we thought that we’d celebrate in a different way by looking into Americas favourite types of bread.
English Muffin- Despite the name, these muffins actually originated in America when Samuel Bath Thomas who moved from Plymouth to New York in 1874 opened up his own bakery where he sold what he called “toaster crumpets.” These grew in popularity and English muffins are now a popular breakfast for Americans.
Frybread- Is a flat dough bread that is fried in oil and eaten on its own or with various toppings such as honey, jam, sugar or beef. The bread is a traditional Native American cuisine. In Navajo tradition the bread was created in 1864 using ingredients given to them by the U.S government when they were forced to move from their home land during the “long walk” relocation.
Biscuits- Similar to scones, biscuits are a small baked roll with a firm outer and soft inner. They are made with baking powder or baking soda as a raising agent rather than yeast. These are a favourite baked good in the Deep South region of America and are often served with chicken and gravy or filled with meat for breakfast.
Banana Bread- is a type of bread made from mashed up bananas, it is moist and sweet, which leads to many people thinking that it is a cake however it is actually made using traditional raised bread recipes. The bread first started appearing in American cookbooks in the 1930’s. Many food historians believe that banana bread really gained traction due to the great depression which left American housewives looking to use waste bananas rather than just throwing them away.
Bagels- Bagels are not actually an American product as they originated from Poland, although they are hugely popular in the states. They were first brought over to New York by Polish Jews, nowadays up to 10 million bagels are sold every day in the country. In New York bagels are favoured over any other bread product. Traditionally a bagel is shaped by hand into a ring and then boiled for a short time then baked.
Pretzel- Much like bagels, this bread product doesn’t originate from America, but it is hugely popular across the nation, especially in the Pennsylvania area. The exact origins of the pretzel are still unknown today, although we do know that they originate from somewhere in Europe. The earliest recorded evidence of the existence of pretzels is 1111 in the crest of the German Bakers Guild.
Corn Bread- Much like Frybread, Cornbread was created by Native Americans in the south of America and they have been baking it for thousands of years. Cornbread is a staple of the cuisine of the Southern United States. It is produced using dry raw corn grains.