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"When you look under the crust, most loaves of bread are made up of the same basic components. Flour, water, yeast, and so on. They just happen to be combined in different ways to make each of 'em unique."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

Bread was a food that was usually made from flour and other ingredients mixed to make a dough that was shaped into loaves or buns and then baked. Types of bread included bucco bread and samana spiced loaves on Sedri Minor, cuanut bread on Coruscant, dao-ben steamed buns on Akiva, denta bean buns and five-blossom bread from Naboo, haroun bread from Tatooine, munch-fungus loaves from Ryloth, Mustafarian Lava Buns from Mustafar, and ventrin bread on Hynestia. Ksharra bread was a fried variety, while muftari bread was salted and spiced.

Bread was used to make bread pudding and sandwiches, such as nut-paste sandwiches and shawda club sandwiches. The flatbread called ronto wrappers was used for ronto wraps. Rations sometimes consisted of or contained bread. The Galactic Empire, Alliance to Restore the Republic, and the New Republic included dehydrated polystarch in their ration packs to make polystarch portion bread via chemical reaction with water. First Order stormtroopers were served mealbread in their mess halls. Some ration packs sold on the Wayward Current contained bread and nutrient paste.

Chef Strono Tuggs included recipes for several kinds of bread in his cookbook, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.

Sentient species known to eat bread included Artiodacs, Chiss, humans, Kiffar, Southern Mustafarians, Twi'leks, Volpai, and Wookiees.

Description[edit | edit source]

"I mean, no one would expect you to be able to install a hyperdrive the first time you picked up a wrench. And the same goes for bakin' bread. Even the most skilled chefs have burned a few loaves in their day."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

In his cookbook, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs wrote that the basic ingredients of most breads were flour, water, and yeast, which were combined in different ways to produce various kinds of bread. According to Tuggs, baking bread involved more science than other forms of cooking; one small mistake could result in a disaster, and every cook would burn their bread at some point.[10] Breads such as flatbreads were used to contain ingredients for sandwiches;[18] flatbreads were also used to scoop up dips and sauces.[10]

The galaxy had sayings related to breads. Muftari bread inspired a saying about beings knowing on which side their muftari bread was salted and spiced.[1] Toast was used for comparison.[19]

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Before the Imperial Era[edit | edit source]

During the High Republic Era, types of bread found on the agriworld Sedri Minor included bucco bread and samana spiced loaf.[13] The Wookiee Padawan Burryaga Agaburry considered eating bread while aboard the Galactic Republic medical frigate Panacea.[16]

As a child on Tatooine, the human male Anakin Skywalker and his mother, Shmi Skywalker, ate[14] haroun bread[20] and served it when they had guests.[14] Shmi had a bread oven in their home within Mos Espa's Slave Quarters Row.[20]

Denta bean buns were a dessert bread made on Naboo that were a favorite of Quarsh Panaka, Captain of the Royal Naboo Security Forces during the reign of Queen Padmé Amidala.[11] Five-blossom bread was also from Naboo, and it was a favorite of Saché's, who was one of the queen's handmaidens.[21] Amidala became a Senator and was later given some five-blossom bread by a Naboo ambassador during the Clone Wars. She saved it for a special occasion and offered it when her husband, Anakin Skywalker, visited her at her apartment on Coruscant.[4]

Establishments on Pantora sold sandwiches. When Asajj Ventress was hunting a Volpai named Moregi, he was eating a sandwich and throwing pieces of crust to rodents. Quinlan Vos, a Kiffar Jedi Master, bought one made with local roasted vegetables. Vos was later taunted with foods such as freshly baked bread when he was Count Dooku's prisoner on Serenno.[12]

At Dex's Diner in Coruscant's CoCo Town, Dexter Jettster served shawda club sandwiches made with toasted or therm-zapped bread.[17] Sandwiches were also eaten in the Unknown Regions. After Thalias, a Chiss who was formerly a sky-walker, became caregiver to the sky-walker Che'ri, she considered making a lunch of nut-paste sandwiches. Thalias reasoned that she and the girl surely had a liking for nut-paste sandwiches common.[15]

During the Imperial Era[edit | edit source]

On Corellia during the Imperial Era, hounds were fed dog biscuits, hard bread lumps that had a fishy taste. Starving sentient beings, including humans such as Han Solo and Qi'ra, ate them for much-needed nutrients. The woman known as Jenra had fluffy, warm, buttered biscuits available in her lounge.[3]

Lando Calrissian pretended that a moldy stick of ventrin bread was a blaster held to his accomplice, the Hynestian Princess Rinetta Gan, to engineer his escape from imprisonment in the royal palace of Hynestia.[6]

When the Erso family was in hiding on Lah'mu, Lyra Erso baked crusty bread. After Lyra's death, Jyn missed her mother's baking. The planet Inusagi celebrated its sakoola blossom festival every year, but on one occasion, it was infiltrated by Saw Gerrera and his Partisans alongside Arane Oreida and her partisan group. Before they began killing the guests, Jyn noticed the buffet table served Inusagian delicacies such as fruits, honeys, cheeses, and breads.[7]

The Opaline Creed, a religious faction on Crucival, made bread pudding with sweet fruits and a charred crust for their holy days. Eating it made Pira Ten itch the following morning, but she loved the pudding.[5]

When Chelli Lona Aphra and Luke Skywalker arrived at the Citadel of Ktath'atn, there was sliced bread on the dinner table in front of the Queen of Ktath'atn, who was an abersyn symbiote within a humanoid body.[9]

Iden Versio ate cuanut bread with butter and caf at the Diplomat, a hotel located in the Federal District of Imperial City on Coruscant. Her father, Admiral Garrick Versio, ate it with steak and roasted vegetables for lunch in his office.[22]

Jelucani native Ciena Ree once went more than two years without eating bread. She had cravings, but only senior Imperial officers could eat real food without seeming soft. Six months after the Battle of Endor, Thane Kyrell carried out a mourning ritual learned from Ciena Ree that was traditional for the valley kindred of their homeworld, Jelucan; he left out a meal of bread and wine overnight for the spirits. Aside from the Rebels lost at Endor, he mourned other deaths, including beings he had known in the Imperial Academy who had died on one of the Death Stars or in other battles serving the Empire.[8]

On Akiva, Norra Wexley's son, Temmin Wexley, once hid on the rooftop of Master Hyor-ka's dao-ben steamed bun shop in Myrra. Temmin was raised by his mother's sister, Esmelle, and her wife, Shirene. At the start of the week, Temmin would bring a basket of bread, fruits, and sometimes wyrg-jerky or arguez sausage for his aunts.[1]

After the Imperial Era[edit | edit source]

At the end of the war between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, there was battle between the remaining Imperial forces and the New Republic that sent starships crashing onto the planet Jakku. Some of these wrecked ships had ration packs in storage that contained dehydrated veg-meat and polystarch.[23] Unkar Plutt traded these survival rations for parts and materials brought to him by scavengers such as Rey.[24] The powdered polystarch was mixed with water to cause a chemical reaction, prompting it to rapidly expand and solidify into a doughy loaf[25] of polystarch portion bread.[23] Mealbread was served to stormtroopers of the First Order, along with a side of meat and numian cream.[26] Mealbread was also a snack that Strono Tuggs enjoyed with a sprinkling of Christophsian sugar.[10] During the journey of the transport barge Wayward Current from the Mooshie Cluster to Canto Bight, crewmembers could purchase ration packs that contained bread and nutrient paste.[27]

Poe Dameron ordered and devoured a shawda club sandwich at a cantina in Kijimi City before he left Kijimi.[28]

When war broke out between the First Order and the Resistance, Wedge Antilles was in retirement on Akiva with his wife, Norra Wexley. Antilles offered to make toast instead of an omelet for his stepson, Temmin Wexley, after accidentally dropping a basket of eggs.[29] On Batuu, the restaurant Ronto Roasters used a type of flatbread[2] called ronto wrappers to wrap its signature ronto wraps.[10]

In his cookbook, which was published sometime after the Battle of Takodana[10] in 34 ABY,[30] Strono Tuggs included recipes for five-blossom bread, ronto wrappers, and his own approximation of polystarch portion bread. He also included recipes for munch-fungus loaves from the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth and Mustafarian Lava Buns made by Southern Mustafarians on Mustafar.[10]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The instant polystarch bread in The Force Awakens was a practical effect. Special-effects supervisor Chris Corbould said, "You wouldn't believe how long it took to actually perfect that one, that little tiny gag in the film."[31]

In the non-canon LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales episode "Exit from Endor" Anakin Skywalker did not like his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to be made on rye bread. When his mother, Shmi Skywalker, presented him one made with rye bread, he displayed a disturbing visage and told her that he found her lack of white bread disturbing. She offered him a sandwich on sourdough bread instead, and he cheered.[32]

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