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5 Different Types of Bread From Brioche To Cornbread

by Charlotte Jane Davis

5 Different Types of Bread From Brioche To Cornbread

Ever ordered bread fresh out of the oven and spread a bit of butter on it before enjoying its crisp crust and soft and warm crumb?

If you haven’t, you should! It’s heavenly.

Bread is a staple in many different cultures and cuisines. 

And for good reason. It’s delicious, filling, and inexpensive!

It can be used as an accompaniment to a meal or enjoyed on its own with butter, jam, or even Nutella. 

And because it’s so popular around the world, there are many different types of bread. They’re all made differently and use different types of grains, creating a variety of textures, looks, and flavors.

Got you intrigued?

Here are five different types of bread and some delicious home bread recipes for you to try!

But first, let’s look into the bread making process.

How Is Bread Made?

Millions of people eat bread around the world, and surprisingly enough, the basic bread recipe has stayed the same for thousands of years. It includes mixing flour, salt, and water to produce a dough before baking it in the oven. 

Now, the recipe varies depending on the type of bread you want to make. 

For instance, for multigrain bread, you’ll have to add some yeast to the recipe. For some other types of bread, the variant is the production process, namely the grain fermentation. For example, with sourdough, the natural fermentation process takes much longer than for traditional white bread, making it easier to digest and healthier. That’s also what gives sourdough its tangy aromas. 

What Are The Different Types Of Grains Used In Bread?

As mentioned above, different breads use different types of grains. 

Here are some of the most popular grains used in bread making:

  • Whole wheat
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Cornmeal
  • Rye
  • Oat
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Sorghum
  • Tuff
  • Amaranth

Why Do Different Types of Bread Make You Tired Or Sluggish?

It all comes down to their grain composition and some complex chemical reactions.

When you eat bread, your body will break down the carbohydrates and turn them into glucose, quickly releasing insulin into your bloodstream. This, in turn, prompts the amino acid tryptophan to stay in your blood and travel to your brain. This reaction triggers the production of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones known to induce sleep.  

If this happens to you, you should switch to healthy whole grain and gluten-free bread options such as buckwheat or millet as they sit lower on the glycemic index. This type of bread is digested more slowly, preventing you from experiencing a sudden spike in blood sugar and feeling tired.

Now, onto the fun stuff. Homemade bread recipes!

Banana Bread

Banana bread is a delicious sweet and moist cake-like bread. Particularly popular in the US and Australia, this versatile treat can suit any occasion. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, tea break, as a snack with a hot cup of Joe, or as a birthday cake with some rainbow sprinkles and vanilla glaze! Salivating yet? 

One of our favorite banana bread recipes is Janet’s rich banana bread because it’s succulent and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. We also love the decadent banana chocolate chip bread recipe from All Recipes

Brioche

Brioche is a French bread usually enjoyed for breakfast on the weekend or special occasions such as Easter. This soft and fluffy viennoiserie is enriched with butter and eggs and melts in the mouth. It features a hint of sweet flavor, making it the perfect treat to go with your coffee or to be dipped in a cup of hot chocolate.

One of our favorite brioche recipes is the authentic brioche bread by Fine Cooking for its soft crust and silky crumb. And we also love the mini chocolate and stuffed vanilla bean brioche recipe from Domestic Gothess for its delightful melted dark chocolate and vanilla zest.

We’re warning you though, once you’ve tried an authentic brioche, you’re seriously at risk of wanting some more!

Cornbread

 

Cornbread is a cake-like light, and crumbly bread featuring a grainy texture, making it the perfect side to many different dishes. From cream soups, barbeque, and chili to butter and honey, its versatility makes it a staple of American cooking.

If you’re looking for the classic cornbread recipe, you’ll love Bless This Mess Please recipe. And if you want to spice things up a bit, we recommend the Southern-Style Bacon Cornbread recipe from Betty Crocker. After all, what’s not to like about a rich, moist and buttery cornbread incorporating four slices of crispy bacon? 

Multigrain Bread

 

Multigrain bread is all the rage these days. That’s because this delicious bread is made with two or more types of grains and is, therefore, high in protein, B vitamins and dietary fiber keeping you fuller for longer, and preventing binge eating. 

The most common type of multigrain bread contains corn, barley, wheat, oat, buckwheat and millet. And it can be paired with anything from sharp cheddar cheese to indulgent raspberry jam!

If you’re looking for a recipe to make your own, the light, fluffy and crispy multigrain bread from Seasons & Suppers is one of our favorite multigrain bread homemade recipes. 

Focaccia

Focaccia is an Italian yeasted flatbread featuring moist and airy crumb and a crunchy crust. The classic focaccia dough if flavored with olive oil but can also be topped with herbs, cheese, vegetables or delicious caramelized onions.

The recipe for focaccia dough is similar to that of pizza dough. However, the focaccia recipe uses more yeast, which allows it to rise and gives it a fluffy bread-like consistency. While many people like their focaccia plain only featuring olive oil, we absolutely love adding herbs, cheese or even olives to ours!

If you want to stick to the classic recipe, we’d recommend the Bon Appetit focaccia recipe. And if you want to mix it up, you’re going to love the yummy potato, beetroot and thyme focaccia recipe from Delicious Magazine.

Now, time to roll up your sleeves and try these tasty recipes! And if you need high-quality pans to make delicious bread that’ll impress your guests, browse our range