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In a pudding I eat,
I give bread its potential,
In a trial I'm neat,
But in math I'm essential.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling, and great riddle! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Nov 19 '16 at 17:53
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You are

PROOF.

In a pudding I eat

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

I give bread its potential

Proofing is a step in the process of breadmaking which allows the bread to rise to its full potential.

In a trial I'm neat

It's good to find proof of guilt or innocence in a trial.

But in math I'm essential.

Proofs are certainly essential in maths!

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  • $\begingroup$ I conjecture that this answer is not essential to mathematics! $\endgroup$ – The Great Duck Nov 19 '16 at 21:20

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