The Oldest Breads
The first breads were made from a mixture of coarser or finer cereal meal and water. The dough was pressed in the form of flat breads and baked by means of various methods. These ancient breads were most of the times unleavened. Fermentation was something that might have occurred only accidentally, when the piece of dough was left to rest for too long before being baked.
The Assyrians were making bread from a mixture of wheat and barley. The bread was baked in big clay pots which had been previously heated at very high temperatures with the help of hot stones or embers. The pots were sealed airtight with a lid and then buried in the ground. The bread was baked by the heat retained in the walls of the pot. This process would take around three times longer than it would have in a normal oven. Continuarea