A Brief History Of Baking
Most of us love creating delicious baked goods that our family and friends can enjoy. Of course, we take all of our kitchenware for granted, especially those mixers that help to keep our hands from cramping while working. When we make cookies we are able to use an oven, bowls to mix our dough in, and tools that make our dough ooey and gooey and filled with deliciousness. At Cat Island Cookie & Cracker Co., we take pride in using real ingredients while making sure your cravings are met. Real baking has become a lost art that not many people do anymore. It might be easier for some to pop some pre-made cookie dough into an oven instead of taking the time to bake with real ingredients, but that’s not how we see it at Cat Island Cookie & Cracker Co.
At Cat Island Cookie & Cracker Co., we offer gourmet cookies available to order online and be delivered right to your home. These gourmet cookies will melt in your mouth and remind you of a special time with your family or friends. If you aren’t a huge baker, these gourmet cookies on our online store will be just the item you need to bring to that work party or to your friend’s birthday to impress everyone. We offer gourmet cookies that are going to satisfy your craving and make you wonder how you ever missed out on these tasty treats. We strive to offer the best brown butter cookies, coffee flavored cookies, gourmet chocolate chip cookies, pecan chocolate chip cookies, toffee chocolate chip cookies, and more tantalizing cookies. We do this by baking with real ingredients that make every bite satisfy your sweet tooth. Now, that your mouth is salivating with the thought of cookies, have you ever wondered where exactly baking originated from? Well, grab a box of cookies from our wide selection, settle into your seat, and read about what your ancestors had to do to get that perfect baked good just right. I can promise you this: there were no mixers and high-quality ovens back then.
The Origin Of Baking
As you probably figured out, the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans were some of the first people to really get into baking and create materials and tools that would help in the process. Around 4000 B.C.E, the first breads began to be baked. The bread was unleavened except for the fermentation process of noble rot, steam, or wild yeast to help it rise naturally. The Egyptians were the ones who created the most simplistic version of an oven, baking materials made of the earth, and even made materials that helped with grinding. The Egyptians also helped to introduce the fermentation process of bread to make it rise. The Romans helped to perfect baking by establishing the first official bakers in the Western world. In addition, they also helped to promote the training and preparation of baking. Lastly, the Greeks were the ones who became specialists in pastries and cakes. They were able to incorporate baking concepts and specialties to make each of their delicious baked goods unique and yummy.
What you need to know is that baking overall was a luxury that not everyone was able to enjoy. Generally, people who baked were wealthier and had the ability to get all of the ingredients that would go into making bread and other baked goods. Ovens were not a permanent fixture in any household and bread as a staple didn’t enter the home until after the Medieval Period. If you were interested in getting bread for your family, you had to go to a bread baker in London. Baked goods in England during the Middle Ages were mostly compiled of bread either with wheat if you were wealthy or rye if you were poor. If you were rich, you had baked goods that were beautiful and colored creatively. If you were poor, you hoped that you could buy a meat pie.
Now, let’s head to America and find out what the Native Americans helped to contribute to baking. The Native Americans helped to cultivate corn. This means that the Native Americans were able to incorporate corn into baking, which resulted in the Johnnycake when the Pilgrims decided they wanted to use corn as well. The Johnnycake is a cornmeal cake that is unleavened and generally made on wood ashes. Johnnycake is still a staple that many people eat in America and is even consumed in Jamaica.
As baking progressed in the 16th and 17th centuries, you were able to have cheaper sugar, butter, cream, and even raisins to help sweeten your baked goods. Furthermore, you had more cooking recipes written down and people were able to cook different cakes and buns. Dessert was also created so you could help digest the filling meal you had just eaten.
Baking has a long history. The materials that were cultivated during the time people were experimenting with baking helped us to create the delicious baked goods that are on the dining table now and available in our store. Now, the next time you feel guilty about eating dessert after a meal, remember that you’re only eating it to help digest the meal you just consumed. If you have any questions or concerns about our cookies or want to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out. All you need to do is contact us by form or fill our online contact form.