Bread and baked goods

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Bread & baked goods for every taste

Experts believe that as early as 30,000 years ago, grain flour was used to make porridge north of the Alps. Later, it became common to pour this porridge onto hot stones to dry it. The invention of the oven was crucial to the round shape of bread loaves that is common today, as only an oven allows for even baking of higher breads. Hot stones, on the other hand, are only used to bake flatbreads. The use of sourdough and yeast as baking agents has been known for several millennia. In the second millennium BC, the Egyptians produced about 30 different types of bread. The art of baking bread gradually spread throughout Europe from Egypt. The Egyptians also developed more efficient ovens: the clay ovens could reach very high temperatures, which ensured optimal baking results. The invention of the mill is credited to the Romans, and they used stirring sticks in a trough to knead dough. Until the 19th century, the techniques adopted from the Romans were not significantly changed.

In medieval Europe, fruit bread or sweet bread in the form of cake was quite common. Fine pastries, on the other hand, required fine sugar as an ingredient, which was only available from the 16th century onwards. Precursors of the springform pan were used about a hundred years later. Baking soda and baking powder have been offered as baking ingredients since the 19th century. Cookies and biscuits as popular subcategories of pastries have been available in this country since the 18th century. Initially, confectionery products such as sponge cakes and Springerle were reserved for the upper classes: ingredients such as sugar, almonds, and cocoa were considered luxury goods and were hardly affordable for the common people. Since the mid-19th century, sugar no longer had to be imported but could be obtained from sugar beets grown in Germany.

The variety of German breads

Today, numerous machines make the bakers' work easier, and there is an enormous range of foods that can be classified as bread and baked goods. Basically, you can choose between sourdough and non-sourdough bread. Sourdough bread is based on sourdough or yeast, and non-sourdough bread has no leavening agents. In Germany, there are as many different types of bread as in no other country: you can choose from about 300 types of bread. The most important distinguishing features concern the type of grain used, the type of flour, and special ingredients. Common grains include wheat, rye, and spelt. The types of flour to be distinguished are white flour (extracted flour), wholemeal flour, and wholemeal flour. The special ingredients may include sunflower seeds, nuts, or spices.

The labeling of bread is significant - especially for allergy sufferers who want to make sure that they can tolerate the consumption of bread. When you buy bread from a baker, it is usually unpackaged, but a small sign on the shelf must provide information about the weight, preservatives, and dark dyes. In the case of packaged bread, the weight, best-before date, ingredient list, and manufacturer/packer must be indicated. With packaged bread, the advantages are that it usually lasts longer than unpackaged bread and all ingredients are listed. Packaged bread and rolls that can be baked at home are also practical: they only need to be put in the hot oven for a few minutes to have crispy rolls for breakfast or a delicious bread as a side dish for grilled meat, soups, and other dishes.

Crackers, rusks & Co. - Bread for storage

Products of the group crackers, rusks & Co. are much more durable than packaged bread and are therefore ideal for storage. Similar to bread, crispbread can be distinguished in several varieties. Popular varieties include rye, multigrain, and sesame-coated crispbread. There is no longer only the conventional rusk, but you can also choose from varieties with chocolate or coconut, and lactose-free rusk is also offered. Corn or rice cakes provide varied snacks. Breakfast cookies with honey and nuts or with milk and cereal should also be a good alternative to a chocolate bar or similar.

Pastries and cakes for a cup of coffee or tea

You don't have time to bake yourself or want to have pastries and cakes in stock? Then the products of the subcategory cakes & pastries are just right for you: from simple fresh egg waffles to almond croissants and crumb cakes, there is a range of packaged baked goods that are guaranteed to make for a cozy coffee or tea break. No matter whether you prefer simple baked goods in stock or have coffee guests coming - you will find cakes and pastries that meet every demand and taste. And if there is ever anything left over from a cut cake, it can be stored well-packaged in the refrigerator for a few more days without affecting the taste. If you are one of those who like to top and decorate a cake base, finished cake bases or tartlets are the right choice. You save the work and time of dough preparation and baking. The cake base only needs to be topped with your preferred ingredients.

Selecting and ordering baked goods conveniently

Especially if you like to have various types of bread and baked goods in stock, the necessary shopping can take quite a long time. How convenient that you can make your selection sitting at your PC and don't have to go to the nearest supermarket first. In all four subcategories described above, you can choose from many different products. The choice is made easier for you by reading the available product details and looking at the illustration. Usually, all products offered in this online shop are available within one to two working days. If something is out of stock, you will of course also find this out on the page with the product overview.