Science of Cooking: Bread Science and Facts
Bread is a universal food, made in many different ways and forms throughout the world. It truly is the staff of life, and on this site
you will find out about the science behind bread. With the help of the “Slice-O-Scope” you can take a microscopic tour of a slice of bread and see the gluten which forms the framework of bread. Read about different kinds of leaveners and how they affect the formation of different kinds of breads. The gluten animation explains how yeast and flour work together, aided by kneading, to trap the carbon dioxide which causes the bread to rise. You’ll also find bread recipes and activities, including instructions on how to make yeast-air balloons. After exploring this site, you’ll have a new respect for the backbone of your sandwich.