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Since the neolithic the loaf of bread has been the basic unit of food in the West and Middle East. Give us this day our daily bread and that bread is a loaf. We examine bread. How to get a decent loaf, how to make your own delicious loaves of bread.

About Loaves

A loaf is a large round or oblong piece of food, but the term is generally reserved for bread, and occasionally by extension for meatloaf. The loaf of bread as the staple food item is a cultural icon and has been so for millennia. The Bible records Jesus asking a poor woman to make him a loaf and performing the miracle of the loaves and fishes. The first Christian prayer includes "Give us this day our daily bread" to show that this is the vital ingredient of that culture's food.


Flour is mixed with about the same weight of water, some fat or oil, sugar, a little salt and yeast, are mixed and left to stand while the yeast grows and makes the bread rise. Traditionally flour containing gluten is used and the processing causes the gluten to form fibres that hold the loaf together, but increasingly gluten free flours are used because of the number of people with gluten intolerance.

Auckland based gourmet baker, Tessa Clement of Sweet Expectations has kindly given us this Loaves recipe.