Part of speech: noun
Origin: Late Middle English, 16th century
(Historical) A loaf of the finest kind of wheaten bread.
Examples of Manchet in a sentence
"Marianne used a recipe from an old English cookbook to make the manchet loaf."
"This bakery is the only one in town that specializes in manchet."
Popularity Over Time
This word stems from Middle English, possibly from the obsolete “maine,” meaning “flour of the finest quality,” plus the obsolete “cheat,” a kind of wheaten bread.
Did you Know?
In the third season of “The Great British Bake Off,” Sussex native Cathryn Dresser made Lady Arundel's manchets and served them with an inner layer of jam and cream. While the basic manchet recipe calls for flour, salt, yeast, and hot water, the Lady Arundel version specifically calls for wheat grown and ground in Sussex, England. It is considered a higher-quality take on the recipe because it includes eggs, milk, and butter, giving the bread a richer flavor and texture.