Barley bread

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Barley bread
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Barley bread
Place of originMiddle East[citation needed]
Main ingredientsBarley flour

Barley bread is a type of bread made from barley flour derived from the grain of the barley plant. In the British Isles[1] it is a bread which dates back to the Iron Age.[2] Barley flour may not be as commonly used singly for baking as it once was, but it can be found at health food stores and specialty baking stores, and it is commonly blended (in a smaller proportion) with wheat to make conventional breadmaking flour.

A loaf of barley bread features in a dream mentioned in Judges 7:13: a Midianite man dreamt that "a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed"; Israelite leader Gideon overheard an account of the dream and concluded that he was assured of victory over the Midianites.

Loaves made of barley feature in the story of the feeding of the 5000 in John's Gospel in the New Testament (John 6:9).

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  1. ^ "Barley Bread, Traditional English Barley Bread". Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-11-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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