Delicious Bread Recipes from Around the World You Can Make At Home
When international volunteers return home, they often share their favorite new recipes with their friends because it brings back fond memories of their time spent overseas. Even if you are waiting to travel, you can still serve international cuisine at your house. If you found it hard to find bread on the grocery store shelves, then here are some traditional international bread recipes that you will want to add to your repertoire.
Italian Bread Recipes
Travelers who spend time in Italy often report that they are amazed at the vast variety of bread that is served. Yes, Italian cuisine can be heavy on carbs, but it’s worth it!
One Italian bread recipe that you may want to try is pane toscano. This bread contains no salt. Legend records that chefs developed this when the Tuscany region was fighting with the coastal area where salt came from, so no salt was available. This bread is still eaten in Italy today alongside flavorful dishes to help balance out those flavors.
Focaccia has been served for centuries. This olive oil sweet bread often appears on Christmas and Epiphany dinner tables. A special half-sheet pan measuring 18 inches by 13 inches is commonly used to get the right crust to crumb combination. There is no need, however, to wait until the winter holidays to try this flatbread.
Along with your Italian bread, you might serve other Italian favorites, like Stromboli, ravioli or lasagna.
German Bread Recipes
When you are putting a German meal on your table, serve traditional German bread with it. While Germans serve over 300 types of bread, and many have regional variations, some are more traditional than others.
You will see brötchen served across Germany, especially in the morning when many places offer marmalades, cheeses, and other toppings to put on them. These rolls go by various names across Germany as they are known as the weckerle in Stuttgart, the rundstuck in Hamburg, and the schrippe in Berlin. Most authorities believe that the brötchen is the first bread that was used as a hamburger bun. Malt is essential to give this bread its unique German flavor. You can take bratwurst night to a new level at your house by making brötchen.
While Latin priests may have invented the first pretzels as rewards for children who learned their prayers, pretzels have a long history in Germany. Pretzels were perceived as having special healing powers, and they became so famous that many bakers had them included on their family’s coat of arms. If you would like to treat your family to pretzels, you can easily make them at home. Consider getting a baking stone to keep your pretzels from sticking.
With your bread, you may want to consider making other traditional German dishes like country potato pancakes, sauerkraut soup, and hot potato salad.
Japanese Bread Recipes
Many believe that the first bread served in Japan was brought to the country by missionaries from Portugal in 1543, and they served it to many people.
When the Portuguese missionaries were trying to convert people to Christianity, Japanese residents had no dairy in their diet. Therefore, it was impossible to find butter and other dairy products traditionally used in bread making. They got creative and started making castellas. They developed into a sponge-like consistency. You may want a traditional wooden frame to help yours bake evenly. This recipe for castellas has only four ingredients that you may already have on hand.
When Japan enacted the National Isolation Edict in 1587, people from Portugal could no longer enter, and bread almost disappeared. Bread did not make a reappearance until 1840 when the government placed soldiers on a bread and water diet.
The bread likely served to the Japanese soldiers was anpan made with fermented rice. It was not until Yamaoka Tesshū, a chamberlain of the Meiji emperor, served them to a Meiji emperor in 1874 that the popularity of this bread took off. While Tesshu carefully made each roll by hand, you can make the job easier by using a bread machine when you make it at home. The thicker texture of the red bean paste in these rolls combines beautifully with the light, fluffy roll texture.
Prepare other traditional Japanese recipes when cooking at home, like rice balls, tempura, and sushi.
Brazilian Bread Recipes
If you visit Brazil, you will find that breads are served frequently.
Pao de Queijo
Pão de queijo is one of the most traditional breads eaten in Brazil, and it was probably introduced to the country by people from Africa. Since it uses tapioca flour, this recipe is gluten-free. The first pão de queijo was made without cheese, but soon Minja cheese was being added. If you cannot get it, then you can use parmesan. Chefs traditionally boiled this bread, and it is easy to try it at home. You can skip many of the hassles by making this bread in your insta-pot.
Additionally, you can easily make this bread in your oven.
Brazilian main entrees that you can easily make when feeding your family international cuisine, include feijoada, camarao no leite de coco, and coxinha.
African Bread Recipes
There are many traditional African breads that you may want to learn to make.
Morocco’s long coastline influences much of its cuisine, and pita bread is very popular there. You can make traditional Moroccan pita bread, called batbout, when cooking at home as you prepare it on your stovetop. The secret to making mouthwatering batbout is the combination of the different flours, including durum flour, which comes from a particular variety of wheat.
Since Europe never colonized Ethiopia, the food traditions are unique, and one of the best ways to sample it is to make injara when cooking at home. Cooks traditionally make this bread with flour made from iron-rich teff seeds. Use the stovetop to make this sourdough flatbread.
There are many African main entrees you may want to try, including Nambian venison, piri piri chicken and bunny chow.
Eating international cuisines is a great way to prepare for your trip while you are on hold. You will love the different creations, and you will never worry if the store has a bread shortage again!