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Baking Bread
Baking Bread

Learn English with this baking bread English lesson

Date: Dec 13 2019

Themes: Food, Health

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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Do you know which food is made around the world but looks very different, depending on where you are? It’s bread! From flat breads baked over an open fire, to dark, hearty whole grains, to light, fluffy, white loaves for sandwiches, bread can look like almost anything.

Some cultures have specific rules for when to eat bread and how to get it. For example, people in some countries traditionally eat bread for dinner. In other places, people get up before the sun to buy bread at the local bakery. Whether you buy it off the store shelf or hot out of the oven, it’s important to know what goes into the food you eat and if it has high nutritional value.

One way to be sure of the ingredients is to bake bread at home! The ingredients for a simple loaf are easy: flour, water, salt, yeast, and sugar. Yeast takes time to rise, so you do have to plan ahead. But the smell of fresh-baked bread is definitely worth the time and energy it takes.

Learn who loves to bake bread in this English lesson.


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Lily:  Hey, Raf! Do you want to try this bread I made? It’s really good. It’s a sourdough. I spent like five hours making it today.

Rafael:  Oh, that’s what smells so good. How did you make that?

Lily:  It’s pretty basic. It’s just flour and water and yeast, and you let it rise for a long time. Then you have to knead the dough, and then you bake it. And that’s all there is to it.

Rafael:  So you never buy bread at the grocery store anymore?

Lily:  Not if I can help it. There are too many preservatives. I like knowing what is in my food.

Rafael:  This one’s sourdough. Are there other kinds that you make?

Lily:  I like making challah bread, breads with whole grains in them, that kind of thing. Do you want to try some of my bread?

Rafael:  Well, I have a confession to make. I’m actually gluten-allergic.

Lily:  What? What’s gluten? I don’t know what gluten is.

Rafael:  Gluten is something that’s found in bread.

Lily:  Oh, really?

Rafael:  Yeah, but you can make bread gluten-free. Did you know that?

Lily:  I did not know that. I guess I’ll have to find some recipes.

Rafael:  They say it’s actually better for you to eat things without gluten. More nutritional value.

Lily:  That remains to be seen.


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Lily loves baking bread. It’s pretty easy, and she always knows exactly what she puts into her food. Baking bread herself assures Lily there are no scary preservatives or anything that’s not natural. Plus, she can bake all different kinds of bread.

Rafael thinks Lily’s bread smells amazing, but he can’t eat it, even though she offers him some. Rafael says he’s allergic to gluten, which means he’ll get sick if he eats most bread. The protein gluten is found in wheat flour, so he has to be careful about his food choices.

Not all hope is lost, though! Rafael tells Lily there are some breads that are gluten free. She promises to look for some recipes and try baking a gluten free bread soon.

Do you bake your own bread? What does bread look like where you live? What’s your opinion on gluten-free food?



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Talia Do

Talia Do

Viet Nam

I love baking.

When I was in my country Vietnam, I used to bake with a bread machine. Since bread is not a traditional dish in Vietnam like ‘pho’ (beef/ chicken noodles), and ‘nem’ (spring rolls), not so many people bake bread at home.

Therefore whenever I baked breads and gave to my relatives, friends and colleagues, they were all surprised and appreciated that very much.

And when I came to Singapore, we bought an oven so that I could make more kind of cake and cookies, not only baking breads.

Worldwide, gluten is a source of protein, both in foods prepared directly from sources containing it, and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein. I am not sensitive to gluten so it’s not necessarily to me if the food has gluten or not.

But since gluten can cause coeliac disease, which constitutes an abnormal immune reaction to partially digested gliadin, so it is needed for those who are sensitive to gluten to be careful and use “gluten-free” food.

04:41 AM Dec 16 2013 |




I love bread and can bake it non stop. But I don’t do that since either whole grains or just white bread, it’s empty calories. So I just bake once a week, especially in winter when you want something baked, warm and fresh. Kids love it. I tell myself to eat only one piece, but end up eating more than one :) 

I once tasted gluten free bread, i didn’t like. It’s tasteless. I don’t have any allergies to gluten.

The local bread here is sold in plastic bags and it’s not fresh. I got used to fresh bread. Back in the time, I used to buy from the bakery and while going home crust on one side was gone. It was the tastiest, crunchy, warm, aromatic. My parents were always laughing saying who has eaten the crust. Well… a mouse :) 

03:37 AM Dec 16 2013 |




Actually I havn’t made bread before. I don’t have an electric toaster at home.

In my town, the bread are short. Some are round,or rectangle shape. I can’t find any whole grains bread in the bakery…but I have tried that before. It is more nutritional value and tastes natural.

I seldom eat bread for my breakfast as I am afraid the preservatives. I don’t know what is gluten-free food. And never heard of gluten-free bread? I am not gluten-allgeric. :D

03:15 AM Dec 16 2013 |

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