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23 Iconic Breads Around the World


Bread is a basic food staple all over the world, and there are endless varieties to discover. Here, we highlight 23 iconic breads, including the crispy French baguette, rustic Italian ciabatta, spongy Ethiopian injera, soft and pillowy pita bread, and more. Every bread has its own history, ingredients, shape, taste and texture, and they're all worth a try whether you're visiting the country they're native to, or if you want to attempt making them at home. Some of them are gluten-free, so there are always options for anyone who's allergic or intolerant to gluten!

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Baguette Tradition - France

There's nothing quite like biting into a crusty French baguette. This long rounded loaf of bread is famous the world over. A symbol of France, it's a staple food that's used for everything including breakfast tartines (toasts), bakery sandwiches, or sliced and served with cheese, charcuterie, pâté, etc. The French take their bread so seriously, in fact, that the law dictates a baguette de tradition française must be made from wheat flour, water, salt, yeast and nothing else (specifically, no additives). So if you ever visit France one day, remember to order "une tradition" at the boulangerie and not a simple "baguette" because there is a difference!

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