Bread – In the morning scents emanating from the oven…

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pumpernickel

Pumpernickel - "Pumpernickel is a type of rye bread that is originally from Germany. The origin of the word is pretty entertaining: It's a German word that comes from pumpern, which means to break wind and Nickel, a take on the name Nicholas, which is associated with goblins or devilish characters. The word comes from the bread's "reputed indigestibility." So, the bread can be translated as the devil's fart, or something like that." (huffpost.com)

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knäckebröd

Knäckebröd - "This flat and dry type of bread (or cracker), contains rye flour mainly and was for a long time considered as a poor man’s diet as they are light and keep fresh for a very long time. It has been baked in Central Sweden for 500 AD in its basic version. In the recent years, there has been a renewed interest in crispbread in the Nordics, and many different versions appeared, using different ingredients, type of flour or rolled oats, seeds and spices." (delscookingtwist.com)

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lavash

lavash

"Lavash լավաշ is a traditional thin bread that forms an integral part of Armenian cuisine. Its preparation is typically undertaken by a small group of women, and requires great effort, coordination, experience and special skills. A simple dough made of wheat flour and water is kneaded and formed into balls, which are then rolled into thin layers and stretched over a special oval cushion that is then slapped against the wall of a traditional conical clay oven. After thirty seconds to a minute, the baked bread is pulled from the oven wall. Lavash is commonly served rolled around local cheeses, greens or meats, and can be preserved for up to six months. It plays a ritual role in weddings, where it is placed on the shoulders of newlyweds to bring fertility and prosperity. The group work in baking lavash strengthens family, community and social ties. Young girls usually act as aides in the process, gradually becoming more involved as they gain experience. Men are also involved through the practices of making cushions and building ovens, and pass on their skills to students and apprentices as a necessary step in preserving the vitality and viability of lavash making." (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2014)


lavash

"Le lavash լավաշ est un pain traditionnel fin qui fait partie intégrante de la cuisine arménienne. Sa préparation est effectuée par un petit groupe de femmes et demande beaucoup d’efforts, de coordination, de l’expérience et un savoir-faire spécifique. La pâte, simplement composée de farine de blé et d’eau, est pétrie puis divisée en boules, qui sont ensuite étalées en fines couches puis étirées sur un moule ovale spécial ressemblant à un traversin ; celui-ci est ensuite appliqué contre la paroi du four traditionnel en argile, de forme conique. Trente secondes à une minute plus tard, le pain cuit est décollé de la paroi du four. Le lavash est fréquemment servi enroulé autour de fromages locaux, de légumes ou de viandes, et peut se conserver jusqu’à six mois. Il exerce une fonction rituelle lors des mariages, où il est placé sur les épaules des jeunes mariés afin de leur souhaiter fertilité et prospérité. Le travail collectif de la préparation du lavash renforce les liens familiaux, communautaires et sociaux. Les jeunes filles aident à préparer le lavash, devenant de plus en plus impliquées à mesure qu’elles gagnent en expérience. Les hommes interviennent également dans la fabrication des traversins et la construction des fours, et transmettent leur savoir-faire aux étudiants et apprentis, une étape nécessaire à la préservation de la vitalité et de la viabilité de la préparation du lavash." (UNESCO - Patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’humanité)

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naan

Naan नान- A leavened, oven-baked (tandoor) flatbread in India as well as many other parts of the world (Western Asia, South Asia...).

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