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14 Unique and Extraordinary Breads From Around the World

Less Wonder Bread, more wondrous bread.

Like a blank canvas, bread’s simple base of flour, water, and yeast has inspired countless interpretations and nearly as many traditions, whether that’s a morning ritual or a wedding centerpiece. 

The way bread is buttered can define a culture: The Dutch breakfast tradition of sprinkling hagelslag, a type of sweet sprinkle, on top of toast is a favorite among children and adults. Other breads are baked in wondrous ways: Iceland’s thick, chewy hverabrauð is just like regular rye, with one big difference: It’s baked in a geothermal spring. And in Ukraine, a bread baked for weddings is so beautiful that it’s displayed by the altar.

Whether it’s a slice alongside soup or a once-a-year treat, these 14 traditional bakes will bring you doughy delight.