After four years of waiting the time has come again for the biggest sporting event on the planet the World Cup. Each nation will be full of hope and optimism that their team will go far in the competition and all of us here are hoping that England can put years of heartbreak behind them and go far. To celebrate the tournament we taken a look at all the countries that have qualified and looked at their favourite bread and bakery products, enjoy!
- Russia- Starting with the tournament host, who bake a type of flatbread called a Qistibi with various fillings inside, the most popular being mashed potato. The bread originates from the Tatarstan and Bashkortonstan regions of Russia.
- Saudi Arabia- This will be Saudi Arabia’s 5th time featuring at a World Cup and they are predicted by most bookies to be the most unlikely nation to win the tournament. We have picked the Khubz as our Saudi bread of choice, this is a flatbread that is traditionally baked in a tannuur clay oven and is said to have originated in the 10th century. This bread contains no fat and so dries out very quickly especially in the counties hot climate, so it is usually eaten straight out of the oven.
- Egypt- The world cup hopes of Egypt laid firmly on the shoulders of Mohammed Salah. The unique bread from this country is called Aish Baladi. Like the previous two group A nations this bread is again a flatbread much like a pitta although it is made from 100% wheat flour. In ancient Egypt this was made with emmer which is an ancestor of modern day wheat.
- Uruguay-The first bread to be featured that is not a flatbread is the Uruguayan anise bread roll. This is a desert bread that has a very distinct liquorice like flavour.
- Portugal- Group B kicks off with Portugal whose traditional bread is the Broa, which is a corn and rye bread. These are baked in traditional brick or stone oven that is filled with steam to give the bread a moist interior with a tough outer crust. Here at Fosters we don’t bake a Broa although we do bake the more traditional form of corn bread.
- Spain- Champions in 2010 Spain are again expected to go far in the tournament. The Mollete is a flatbread from the Andalusian region of Southern Spain that is usually served with olive oil and garlic as part of a breakfast.
- Morocco- One of the nations bidding to host the 2026 World Cup. The most famous bread from Morocco is called a Khobz, this is similar to the Saudi Arabian khubz, although the khobz is primarily used to scoop up tagines and other foods.
- Iran- One of the most common breads in Iran is a Lavash, this is made in a tandoor. Many food historians argue over the origins of the Lavash with people stating it originated in either Iran or Armenia.
- France- France are seen by many as favourites for this tournament, the bread that we have chosen to represent them is one of the most famous on this list. Brioche bread has a very high egg and butter to give it a rich and indulgent flavour. We bake an extensive range of brioche here at Fosters including burger buns, rolls and loaves.
- Australia- The Australian football team, nick named the socceroos, will be competing in their 5th world cup. The traditional bread of this nation is called Damper and is a type of soda bread. The damper was normally cooked in the ashes of the camp fire. The ashes were flattened, and the damper was cooked there for ten minutes. Following this, the damper was covered with ashes and cooked for another 20 to 30 minutes until it sounded hollow when tapped.
- Peru- The bread that we have chosen to represent Peru is the Pan Chapla, this bread is a kind of Peruvian version of a ciabatta bread.
- Denmark- Rugbrod is a form of Rye bread that usually contains rye kernels and other seeds, in some areas of Denmark ale or beer is often substituted for water when baking this bread. This type of product is very low in fat as it contains very little sugar.
- Argentina- A country with rich history in the World Cup, Argentina have twice won the competition and been runners up 3 times. A traditional bread from here is a Chipa, which is a small cheese flavoured roll often sold by street side food vendors and on buses.
- Iceland- This is the first time Iceland have qualified for the Word Cup and after their heroics at the Euros 2 years ago many expect them to do well. Flatkaka is the traditional bead of Iceland, it is an unleavened rye flatbread. The name basically translates to “flat cake”
- Croatia- Povitica is a bread that is very popular in this Eastern- European country, this is a sweet bread similar to brioche that usually has a chocolate swirl running through it. This bread was one of the tasks on the 2014 series of The Great British Bake Off. Although we don’t bake this exact product we do make a large range of brioche.
- Nigeria- One of 5 African nations to feature in the tournament, Nigeria’s most popular bread is called Agege. This is a staple in many Nigerians diets and is often served with stew.
- Brazil- Footballing giants Brazil are many bookies joint favourites to win the entire competition. Brazils bread of choice is the Pão de queijo, a kind of cheese roll usually eaten for Breakfast.
- Switzerland- Zopf is a traditional swiss bread made from flour, milk, eggs, butter, yeast and then brushed with egg yolk to give it a golden crust. This is baked in the form of a plat and usually eaten on Sunday mornings.
- Costa Rica- The traditional bread of Costa Rica is the Pan bon, which is a dark spiced bread like gingerbread. This bread was brought to Costa Rica by Jamaican migrants working on railroads.
- Serbia- Serbian have several top players that many people think will help them go far in the World Cup. In terms of their bread offering, their traditional bread is called Proja and is made from corn flour, baking powder, sunflower oil, sparkling water and salt. Due to it being inexpensive to make it became very popular during the 1950’s when the country suffered widespread poverty.
- Germany- The last tournaments winners, many people expect them to repeat this in Russia. There are many different German breads, we have chosen the Pretzel as we bake a pretzel burger bun. The earliest recorded evidence of the existence of pretzels is 1111 in the crest of the German Bakers Guild.
- Mexico- One of the most famous bread products featured in this blog comes from Group F and is the Tortilla from Mexico. These were thought to have been first invented in 10,000 BC by Mayans.
- Sweden- The Swedes will be without their talisman striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, although will still be confident of progressing from their group. Their traditional bread is the knäckebröd, which is a kind of crispbread made from rye flour that is thought to date back as far as 500 AD.
- South Korea- South Korea has a number of different breads usually sold as street foods. We have chosen the Bungeo-ppang bread which is a bread shaped like a fish and filled with sweetened red bean paste.
- Belgium- Belgium are a nation with a host of footballs top players, for their bread we have chosen the Belgian waffle. This may not actually be a bread, but it is a bakery product, so we thought it deserved including.
- Panama-Panama are not expected to get very far in the tournament, but it does still have a tasty traditional bread for us to look at, called the Hojaldras. This is a sweet bread made without yeast, so it does not rise. It is usually consumed at Breakfast.
- Tunisia- Another team that is expected not to win many games is Tunisia. Kesra is a traditional North African bread that is round, oft and chewy much like a naan bread.
- England- The country that we will all be supporting at the bakery. Even after years of failure at major tournaments, many bookies predict England as the 7th most likely country to win the competition. The bread that we have selected to represent England is our very own Football Bread Rolls, these are a traditional white bread roll in a football shape and topped with semolina.
- Poland- The chances of Poland doing well at this tournament will likely be decided by the form of Robert Lewandowski. The traditional bread of Poland is a bagel which originates from the country despite many thinking that this originates from America.
- Senegal-The traditional bread of Senegal is the Tapalapa bread which is shaped much like a French baguette and is usually eaten at breakfast with jam.
- Columbia- The last world cup saw Columbia’s biggest success in the tournament and reached the quarter finals. Columbia’s bread of choice is the Pan de Yuca, a type of bread made of cassava starch and cheese, that is usually eaten at breakfast.
- Japan- This will be the 6th time in a row that Japan has qualified for footballs biggest tournament, their bread of choice is called an Anpan. This is a sweet roll usually filled with red bean paste, this was first made in 1875.