is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water
and possibly more ingredients. Dough's are usually baked in the
Western world (and many other countries), but in some cuisines
breads are steamed, fried, or baked on a hot skillet.
It may be leavened or unleavened. Salt, fat and
leavening agents such as yeast and baking soda are common
ingredients, though bread may contain other ingredients, such as
milk, egg, sugar, spice, fruit (such as raisins), vegetables (such
as onion), nuts (such as walnuts) or seeds (such as poppy
Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods, dating
back to the Neolithic era. The development of leavened bread can
probably also be traced to prehistoric times.