7 questions on traditional bread

Bread quiz

Tesco is the latest supermarket to try and exploit demand for "artisanal" bread. But how much do you know about traditional loaves?


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Hovis is Britain's second biggest selling bread. The name comes from a Latin phrase - hominis vis. What does it mean?

Loaf of Hovis bread
  1. Stomach of man
  2. Courage of man
  3. Strength of man


The name was inspired by a student, Herbet Grime, in 1890. He had entered a competition organised by S Fitton & Sons Ltd to find a name for their patented flour that was rich in wheat germ. Grime won £25 and in 1898 the Hovis Bread Flour Company Limited came into being.

Bag of flour

2.) Multiple Choice Question

According to baking expert Dan Lepard, which of the following used to be considered a bread?

Woman putting bread into an oven
  1. Plum pudding
  2. Simnel cake
  3. Yorkshire pudding
  4. Shortbread

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these breads is a cottage loaf?

  1. Left
  2. Top right
  3. Bottom right

4.) Multiple Choice Question

In 2008 strict laws dating back to the Assize of Bread and Ale of 1266 were lifted for pre-packed loaves. What had the rules prevented?

Man putting loaves onto shelves
  1. Baking on bank holidays
  2. Loaves of any weight
  3. The use of alcohol in bread

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these baked items comes from the Midlands?

Woman reaching for loaf of bread in a shop
  1. Brick
  2. Cob
  3. Stottie
  4. Bahn bra'ch

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Northern Ireland's wheaten bread is a form of what?

Northern Ireland countryside
  1. Soda bread
  2. Sourdough
  3. Granary roll
  4. Rye bread

7.) Multiple Choice Question

According to consumer research firm Mintel, what proportion of people haven't eaten bread for a year?

Person eating plate of salad
  1. 1%
  2. 5%
  3. 10%


  1. It's strength of man.
  2. It's simnel cake. The 1867 book of Lancashire Folk-Lore says "the English simnel was the purest white bread" supposedly fit for the royal table.
  3. It's the stacked loaf on the left. Shaped like a brioche, it is one round loaf on top of another. Elizabeth David suggested it was invented to save space in ovens.
  4. It's loaves of any size. Before then, bread had to weigh a multiple of 400g, with standard loaves being 800g and half loaves 400g.
  5. It's cob, the slang term for a crusty bread roll in the East Midlands.
  6. It's soda bread. In Northern Ireland, it is usually white, with the wholemeal variety of soda bread known as wheaten bread.
  7. It's 1% - these people said that they had not eaten bread or toast in the past year.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Oh crumbs

4 - 6 : A bit doughy

7 - 7 : Upper crust

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