Bread is at least 8,000 years old, although it probably wasn’t bread as we know it today. Stone age era tools have been found that grind up wheat. They probably didn’t use yeast to make it rise at first so the bread was probably a very heavy, dense ‘cake’.
In fact, growing grains might have been what encouraged people to stop living nomadicly and settle in one spot. This would allow people to begin civilization.
A study suggests (from residue left on grindstones and pestles) that prehistoric Europeans were eating a type of bread made from cattails and ferns around 30,000 years ago. Unleavened bread from grains came afterward, possibly around the rise of agriculture in 10,000 BC. Leavened bread was first produced in ancient Egypt by at least 2000 BC, and as many as 50 varieties were produced there.
The first “modern” bread was invented around 1000 B.C. in Egypt. This was the time that Egyptians were able to isolate yeast culture, and used it to make refined white bread. Egyptians at this time are also credited with inventing bread beer, in which they soaked bread in water and then sweetened the foamy run off from the bread.
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