Egyptian Flat Bread Baker

November 12, 2008
Take a peak inside a Cairo bakery in the old bazaar.

Impressions of Egypt Number 12

In keeping with the blog’s theme of “Enrich Your Life, Enrich Your Relationships,” this is one of several posts about a trip we took in December 2007, to Egypt. It definitely enriched my life and expanded my understanding of that country, and of the many challenges they face as they evolve into a different kind of country than the one I visited. — Note added in 2011 after the spring revolution

This entry could also be filed as one of my “visual viewpoints” you may have seen in earlier posts.

Egyptian baker

This man was one of the workers we saw with our self-appointed guide in the bazaar. He was baking the flat bread you often see young boys carrying through the streets on large flat pans. I don’t know whether the restaurants serve the loaves made there, but I was interested in the difference between the plastic bags on the man’s hands for cleanliness and the wheat piled on the floor and shoveled into a mixing vat by this man. I can only hope they scrubbed the floor before they began their day’s work, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

My husband was most impressed with the way in which another man, who mixed the dough, would grab a handful that was exactly the correct weight before putting it on the baking pan. I suspect that many of the women who make tortillas here and in Mexico must also be very good at choosing just the right amount of dough so the finished tortillas will be the same.

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