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BREAD, PASTA AND BISCUIT IN BRAZIL

11 August 20176 min reading

Bread consumption in Brazil is expanded to grain variety bread consumption as across the world and variety bread is produced with various materials to be consumed, and sold in markets and bakeries as a result of a rapid life style. Same life style affects pasta and noodle consumption, and ensures these products are more preferable in the public. Dessert culture of Brazil facilitates blending of different geographies that affects the country with unique tastes.

brazilarastirmaCuisine of a country is mostly created by different societies, traditions and cultures consisting that country. Proximity and accessibility of that country to different regions are among the most important elements enriching the cuisine of the country. Like some other countries in the world, Brazil also is kind of a country where colors, languages, traditions and cultures are blended. When considered from this point of view, Brazil is both a mosaic where cultures meet at one point, and a big and gorgeous country with different cuisine traditions in each region.

Bread consumption in Brazil is expanded to grain variety bread consumption as across the world and variety bread is produced with various materials to be consumed, and sold in markets and bakeries as a result of a rapid life style. Same life style affects pasta and noodle consumption, and ensures these products are more preferable in the public. Dessert culture of Brazil facilitates blending of different geographies that affects the country with unique tastes.

BREAD CULTURE IN BRAZIL As is known, bread is mostly consumed at breakfast. In Brazil, breakfast is known to be a meal during which mild foods are consumed and food diversity is not preferred. Lunch is the most important meal, mild foods are consumed at breakfast. The word referring to breakfast “café de monhã” in Portuguese which is the official language of Brazil means morning coffee. Starting from this, it is easily understood that Brazilian people consume coffee at breakfast. The most preferred food with coffee is slices of fried French bread. It is very easy to find this bread which is easily prepared at home in cafés. This bread named Pão na chapa is one of the easily accessible and favorite bread of Brazilian people.

There are many fruits which are naturally grown in Brazil and admiringly consumed by Brazilian people. Consuming tropical fruits at breakfasts frequently, Brazilian people prefers fruits such as papaya by mixing with healthy cereals. These foods named Açaí na tigela are very popular since they are especially nutritious.

Another food preferred with fried French bread and fruit muesli is cheese dough roll. However, this food is not prepared with wheat or corn flour, but cassava flour which is abundant in the region. Cassava starch which is gluten-free is cooked in a pancake form to be used as flour consistency and turned into rolls by adding cheese or ham.

One of the foods preferred as a special breakfast is simple cake prepared with oil, flour and egg. This cake can be easily cooked in a ring form generally, and become a well-loved Sunday breakfast when mixed with various fruits. This cake consumed with coffee is also known as sweet Portugal bread.

Milharina prepared with corn flour can also be included in the Brazilian breakfast considered fundamental. Milharina is a kind of hominy which goes back to Middle East is served with cheese. Milharina showing up at breakfast tables frequently can also be consumed with cream.

PASTA CULTURE IN BRAZIL It is possible to see Mediterranean cuisine in Brazil which was colonized by the Portuguese in 16th century. Especially Italian pasta is one of the fundamental foods in the country cuisine. Pasta consumption is increasing in Brazil day by day. Especially fresh pasta and noodle consumption is popularizing and producers offer more and more options to consumers in every year. In addition, Brazil is progressing as one of the biggest pasta producer and consumer following the USA and Italy. Consuming pasta at lunches and dinners as main foods also affects the diversity of pasta presentation.

As in the USA, presentation of pasta with cheese is very common in Brazil. Especially spaghetti pasta is preferred for this food named Maccarronada com requijao. Macarronada com requijao prepared with garlic, cream cheese and chicken meat is one of the favorite foods. One of the indigenous recipes is palmito pasta. Palmito pasta prepared with a vegetable obtained from the palm tree named chicken meat and palm is very popular among Brazilian people with its sauce mixed with cream.

Another pasta presentation is Brazilian spaghetti which bears Mediterranean effects. This food prepared with onion, olive, dried tomato, Parmesan and ham slices is prepared by especially using long-cut pasta. A pasta type frequently preferred in Brazilian restaurants is Molho de Alho. Garlic sauce prepared with garlic, butter, flour, milk, mayonnaise and indigenous spices can be also consumed by serving with bread and meat foods. Another popular pasta sauce is shrimp cream sauce. Shrimp cream sauce prepared with long-cut pasta such as spaghetti generally is one of the favorite pasta presentations.

In addition to pasta, noodle and rice are frequently consumed in Brazil. Especially sauces especially those prepared with chicken and beef broth and barbecue sauce in Brazil where noodle consumption is increasing. Noodle packages sauced with potato and indigenous spices are popular foods for working class and students. Rice is one of the important foods which is frequently cooked and is the fundamental part of the main course. As is known, methods for cooking rice depend on regions. In Brazil, rice is usually cooked with garlic and onion.

BISCUIT CULTURE IN BRAZIL One of the most popular Brazilian desserts is French toast prepared with bread and milk caramel. French toast prepared by covering with egg and milk, then baking is consumed with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Another dessert prepared with milk caramel is banana dulce de leche. The dessert prepared by using flour, sugar and bread crumbs is presented with ice cream.

One of the most Brazilian biscuits is Brazilian sable cookie. The cookie prepared with flour, milk and butter is preferred especially at homes or cafés with coffee. Another Brazilian biscuit consumed by those who have gluten sensitivity or prefer gluten-free products is Pao de Queijo. The biscuit prepared with cassava flour, cheese, egg and milk. Another cookie type not containing wheat flour is Biscoitos de Maizena. This cookie prepared with corn starch and plenty of sugar is one of the mostly consumed foods of Brazil.

A dessert prepared with wheat flour and well-loved is sonho. Resembling profiterole, Sonho is presented with filling cream on intermediate and powdered sugar on it. Another popular cookie type is sequilhos. Sequilhos is prepared with cassava flour, coconut and butter. Corn starch can also be preferred instead of cassava flour.

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