Bread has long since been referenced as a life-sustaining food and even referred to as much more than merely flour, water, and salt. It is mentioned in the Bible over 450 times. There is so much that you can do with all of these simple ingredients. Things like the shaping of the dough, adding colors, stenciling, and etching. There is something so comforting about freshly baked bread. It all begins with the kneading, then the rising and of course, the aroma while baking!
What is it about bread that is so comforting and satisfying exactly? Well, first of all, it’s been adapted to almost every culture and cuisine. Baguette, Pita, Tortillas, Naan, Rye, Lavash, Rolls, Croissants, Struesal, Pullman, Bao, Chapati, Roti, Pan de Sal, Fry Bread, and Cornbread. Just to name a few. The fact that this one simple recipe has been adapted in so many ways really says a lot about our love for it. Secondly, the ingredients for “bread” are usually readily available and cheap. The ability to feed a lot of people with few ingredients and sustain life means so much in many countries all around the world.
Let’s take a look back at some of the biblical references to bread. In John 6:35, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall not thirst.” This is an amazing example of the importance of bread in the Bible. One of my favorite references is this one: The children of Israel were miraculously fed with “bread from heaven” or Manna as the wandered in the desert for forty years before entering the Promised Land (Exodus 16). This food initially symbolized God’s love and care for his people, in spite of their sins. (Exodus 16:32 – 34). Jesus later revealed the full meaning of Manna when he stated it was a reference to him. Another miraculous account is when Jesus transformed 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes to feed a crowd of 5,000 followers. The ability to transform a small amount to sustain a very large crowd not only shows the miraculous abilities of the Lord but also the importance of bread to us since a very early date. Even the universal prayer includes these very powerful words, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” Spiritually, we often forget that something as simple as bread plays such a big part in who we are. Slow down, smell the bread, give thanks and pass it on.
I have always included bread in my work. In fact, it was something I made for my kids all the time when they were growing up. When I started culinary school, this was something that you must master before learning other things and even before you can learn more difficult types of bread. When I began my food truck journey, all types of baked breads and treats were a really huge part of The Locomotion Kitchen and still are today!
This collection was all made by me at The Locomotion Kitchen! These are all available for order, anytime!! So much LOVE goes into bread making! I hope that this story inspires you to try your hand in bread making or even the next time you eat bread, you look at all of its wonders in a whole new way.