Where in the world is foccacia made? Just before April vacation, these students tracked down the origin of two flat bread recipes and then followed recipes to recreate them in their classroom. As they followed the recipe for foccacia, which takes time to rise, their teacher started an outdoor fire pit for the chapati they would also be baking.
Students learned a lot about the process of creating one of the most universal of dietary staples. While reading and adding ingredients, they worked together to interpret the recipes they were following. It turned out that kneading bread required much more muscle work than they had anticipated. Chapati, made without yeast can be prepared in just a few minutes once there are coals on the fire. This bread is common throughout central Asian countries. The focaccia recipe doesn’t take much more time to create. Both breads were baked and eaten in the 2 hours we had to learn about them.