Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Wives Tales~Bread

I bake bread at least three times a week. If I didn't, we wouldn't have any bread in the house. I love to mix it, knead it, and pat it out into the long loaves I make. Baking bread on Monday, I wondered if there were many old superstitions about bread. This is what I found~as usual, a couple contradict each other:

1. Cut a loaf of bread at both ends, and the devil will just keep going and fly right over your house.

2. If you burn your bread, it either means that the preacher is coming for a visit or that your sweetheart is mad at you.

3. If all the bread at the table is eaten, the next day will be a good day.

4. Putting a loaf of bread upside down on the table is bad luck.

5. Bread must never be burned or thrown away. If this happens, the baker will go hungry.

6.If a person cuts bread in an uneven manner, it means they have been telling lies.

7. Before slicing a new loaf of bread, cut the sign of a cross on top of it.

Do you bake bread?


  1. I used to bake bread and make jams & jellies and would love to get back to doing it again! There's nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. I don't bake bread, Rose Mary. I think I am too heavy handed to be successful.

    Here's a wives tale I heard when I was a kiddo, sitting at Granny's table. If you take bread, when bread is on your plate, a visitor will arrive hungry.

  3. I do bake bread occasionally using a bread machine to do the work, then I bake it in the oven. Right now we have a loaf of "bunny bread" in the house from food lion. I've never heard any of these tales, but I think putting the sign of the cross on there is a great idea!!!

  4. I love to bake bread but just haven't had the time this winter, I'll have to work on that!

  5. the only bread I bake is cornbread and biscuits. And my mom used to say the same thing as Pat's granny. . . if you take a piece of bread and you already have one, someone is coming hungry.

  6. Those are some wild wives tales! I had to chuckle at #2- that sounds like a bad omen to me! *LOL*
    I would love to hear your bread recipe, Rose Mary... I've tried several but never found one I'm happy with.

  7. RM,
    I really should try baking some bread from scratch. We used to make it when I lived at home. Haven't done it in so long the preacher would probably be living at my house.
    Nancy Jo