In New Zealand bread is made in both large plant bakeries and on a smaller scale in hot bread shops and instore bakeries. The process is basically the same but the machines are smaller and some of the operations are performed by hand rather than by machines.


4000 yr old bread

This loaf of bread is 4000 years old (approximately). The triangular loaf was one of many objects found under the foundation of Mentuhotep II’s mortuary temple at Deir el Bahari in Western Thebes. Mentuhotep II reigned from c.2008 to 1957 B.C.

The Egyptians believed the temple was a miniature representation of the universe. The objects placed in the foundation deposits were intended to symbolically stabilise and protect the corners and the boundary walls of the temple. They believed they would be rewarded with a stable universe where there was an abundance of food such as bread.

History of Bread making

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