It’s the foundation of every sandwich. For some people, a sandwich is just a reason to eat it. The average American eats more than 60 pounds of bread a year!
The Back Story
- Bread is special. There’s no doubt about it. People have been eating it for thousands of years. Bread has a deeper meaning besides just being a source of dietary carbohydrates. When people “break bread” together, they share fellowship as well as food.
- So what makes bread special? What makes starchy flour and water become a fluffy loaf of bread instead of a flat thin cracker? Chemistry explains it.
- Watch this video to learn the chemistry behind your favorite loaf: http://www.nbclearn.com/chemistrynow/cuecard/52355
Can You Apply It?
With the links below, learn more about the chemistry of bread. Then answer the following questions.
- What is gluten? Why is it important in bread?
- What is yeast? What role does it play in bread?
- What happens to the yeast when the bread bakes?
- Besides yeast, what is another way of making bread dough rise?
- If you make bread dough rise without yeast, why does the loaf have to be baked immediately?