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THE DAILY STAMPEDE BREAD BRACKET - Round 1

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You knew we had to do it. Let’s get this bread.

A bread stall at the Oranjezicht City Farm, a farmers-style... Photo by Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Did you think we were done talking about bread after Nate’s Five Question Friday? Oh no. We’re just getting started. Behold... THE BREAD BRACKET.

After debating breads for well over an hour in TDS Slack (yes, we’re that bored), we realized we would need to even out the big differences of opinion before we gave out seeds. So we decided on the breads that would make the cut and then had everyone rank each region from 1-16. The seeding is based on the average ranking for each bread, from lowest to highest.

Now let’s review the field.

SANDWICH LOAF REGION

These are breads used for sandwiches and baked in loaves. We thought sourdough might cruise through this region, but Cuban bread nearly snatched the #1 seed away from them. French bread had a strong, consistent season and even finished ahead of its cousin, the baguette. As expected, white and wheat bread finished well off the pace. Kings Hawaiian could have fit in multiple regions, but it’s a variant of Portuguese sweet bread, which is typically baked in loaves. Toughest omission here: Texas toast.

SANDWICH ROLL AND FLATBREAD REGION

Still in the sandwich category, these are sandwich flatbreads and breads baked in rolls. Ciabatta is a worthy top seed, although pretzel rolls could be a dark horse. They were held back by a shockingly low seed from one staffer (no, it wasn’t Nate). Naan led a charge by several international breads into this region, and there is a lot of upset potential. Buns were disallowed, because they’re just white bread in different shapes.

SOLO BREADS REGION

Breads eaten by themselves, or as side dishes. It took awhile for us to think of cornbread, but in hindsight it is the clear favorite in this region. Focaccia landed here as a well-loved side for fondue and in bread baskets at fancy Italian restaurants. (Speaking of which, garlic bread falls under Italian bread.) The first-round matchup between banana bread and pumpkin bread is already causing consternation, like making Texas and Texas A&M play each other. Monkey bread’s hopes of making the field were dashed at the last minute when it was discovered to be a pastry.

MISCELLANEOUS/MAYBE NOT BREAD REGION

Many of the teams in this region are firmly in the bread category, with others right on the edge (looking at you, biscotti). Croissants had the best average ranking of any bread in the field. Tortillas are the most controversial team in the bracket. Some praise their versatility and utility, while others argue they shouldn’t count as bread at all. This is a top-heavy region with lots of strong contenders, but the lowest seeds here look like real cannon fodder... especially johnnycakes, which are pretty much baked gruel. Shortbread was ruled out as a cookie, and muffins were not included because they are very small cakes.

So now that you’ve seen the teams, it’s time for you to help decide which is the best of all the breads. All 32 first-round matchups are shown below for you to vote. (If you don’t see the embedded polls, open the page outside of Google Amp.) Voting in this round ends Wednesday night. Winners move on to the second round. Losers get turned into croutons!


SANDWICH LOAF REGION - ROUND 1

Poll

(1) Sourdough vs. (16) Rice Bread

This poll is closed

  • 98%
    Sourdough
    (59 votes)
  • 1%
    Rice Bread
    (1 vote)
60 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(8) Multigrain vs. (9) Wheat/Whole Wheat

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Multigrain
    (33 votes)
  • 45%
    Wheat/Whole Wheat
    (27 votes)
60 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(5) Kings Hawaiian vs. (12) Marble Rye

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Kings Hawaiian
    (47 votes)
  • 22%
    Marble Rye
    (14 votes)
61 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(4) Baguette vs. (13) Milk Bread

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    Baguette
    (55 votes)
  • 6%
    Milk Bread
    (4 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(6) Challah vs. (11) White

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Challah
    (33 votes)
  • 43%
    White
    (25 votes)
58 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(3) French Bread vs. (14) Pumpernickel

This poll is closed

  • 81%
    French Bread
    (48 votes)
  • 18%
    Pumpernickel
    (11 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(7) Potato vs. (10) Rye

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Potato
    (41 votes)
  • 30%
    Rye
    (18 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(2) Cuban Bread vs. (15) Pan Sobao

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    Cuban Bread
    (59 votes)
  • 0%
    Pan Sobao
    (0 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

SANDWICH ROLL AND FLATBREAD REGION - ROUND 1

Poll

(1) Ciabatta vs. (16) Bing

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    Ciabatta
    (57 votes)
  • 0%
    Bing
    (0 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(8) Muffaletta vs. (9) Weck

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Muffaletta
    (40 votes)
  • 32%
    Weck
    (19 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(5) Hoagie Roll vs. (12) Piadina

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Hoagie Roll
    (53 votes)
  • 8%
    Piadina
    (5 votes)
58 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(4) Brioche vs. (13) Pambazo Bread

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Brioche
    (54 votes)
  • 8%
    Pambazo Bread
    (5 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(6) Pita vs. (11) Telera

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    Pita
    (56 votes)
  • 6%
    Telera
    (4 votes)
60 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(3) Pretzel Roll vs. (14) Injera

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    Pretzel Roll
    (55 votes)
  • 6%
    Injera
    (4 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(7) Kaiser Roll vs. (10) Marraqueta

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Kaiser Roll
    (48 votes)
  • 15%
    Marraqueta
    (9 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(2) Naan vs. (15) Onion Roll

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Naan
    (45 votes)
  • 23%
    Onion Roll
    (14 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

SOLO BREADS REGION - ROUND 1

Poll

(1) Cornbread vs. (16) Raisin Bread

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Cornbread
    (45 votes)
  • 21%
    Raisin Bread
    (12 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(8) Roti vs. (9) Tandoor

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Roti
    (24 votes)
  • 54%
    Tandoor
    (29 votes)
53 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(5) Banana Bread vs. (12) Pumpkin Bread

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    Banana Bread
    (34 votes)
  • 39%
    Pumpkin Bread
    (22 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(4) Pan de Queso vs. (13) Parker House Rolls

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Pan de Queso
    (43 votes)
  • 23%
    Parker House Rolls
    (13 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(6) Yeast Rolls vs. (11) Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Yeast Rolls
    (28 votes)
  • 50%
    Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
    (29 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(3) Italian Bread vs. (14) Lavash

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Italian Bread
    (51 votes)
  • 8%
    Lavash
    (5 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(7) Cinnamon Swirl vs. (10) Bimini Bread

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Cinnamon Swirl
    (43 votes)
  • 24%
    Bimini Bread
    (14 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(2) Focaccia vs. (15) Anpan

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Focaccia
    (50 votes)
  • 9%
    Anpan
    (5 votes)
55 votes total Vote Now

MISCELLANEOUS/MAYBE NOT BREAD REGION - ROUND 1

Poll

(1) Croissants vs. (16) Johnnycakes

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Croissants
    (52 votes)
  • 7%
    Johnnycakes
    (4 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(8) Scones vs. (9) Bublik

This poll is closed

  • 81%
    Scones
    (45 votes)
  • 18%
    Bublik
    (10 votes)
55 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(5) Tortillas vs. (12) Farl

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Tortillas
    (53 votes)
  • 7%
    Farl
    (4 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(4) Pretzels vs. (13) Panettone

This poll is closed

  • 89%
    Pretzels
    (51 votes)
  • 10%
    Panettone
    (6 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(6) English Muffins/Crumpets vs. (11) Biscotti

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    English Muffins/Crumpets
    (45 votes)
  • 22%
    Biscotti
    (13 votes)
58 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(3) Biscuits vs. (14) Matzo

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Biscuits
    (53 votes)
  • 7%
    Matzo
    (4 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(7) Pizza Crust vs. (10) Melba Toast

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Pizza Crust
    (48 votes)
  • 15%
    Melba Toast
    (9 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

(2) Bagels vs. (15) Zwieback

This poll is closed

  • 94%
    Bagels
    (54 votes)
  • 5%
    Zwieback
    (3 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now