The Baladee Bread Story

The court bakery of Ramesses III

Baladee bread traditionally forms a staple, versatile accompaniment to every Egyptian meal. It's versatility makes it perfect for sandwiches, cut into either halves or quarters and filled with your desired filling. Likewise, it is perfect for dips and exquisite with soups and stews. 

The word Baladee in Egyptian Arabic is used to describe art, fashion and food as provincial, authentic or traditional. Baladee bread is the authentic, traditional Egyptian bread. It is the product of the continuous evolution of a series of breads that date back to Ancient Egypt. Through this evolution, Baladee bread embraced the characteristics of Egyptian culture and cuisine through time; from its round shape that resembles the Sun or the God Ra to the skillful craftmanship and the fine ingredients offered by the fertile Nile valley.

The long fermentation of this bread on a rich bed of wheat bran as well as the use of an age old sourdough starter add another dimension to Baladee bread, producing a versatile stone-baked bread with a unique texture, chewiness and a deep nutty flavour. 

At Baladee we are not only keen on sharing this popular Egyptian bread with our customers but also preserving the tradition, method and craft behind this bread. Although Egypt produces more than 200 million loaves of this bread everyday for internal consumption, unfortunately most bakeries have been mechanised and automated to cope with high demands resulting in the loss of the artisan nature and unique qualities of this timeless bread. At Baladee each loaf is lovingly hand crafted to achieve an authentic, delicious artisan product. We are proud to revive this artisan hand-baked slow-fermented timeless bread and let it tell the stories of the simple flavours of the Egyptian cuisine.