Today is National French Bread Day! French bread, also known as
a baguette, is a crusty loaf baked in a long, thin shape. The French
have been making long sticks of bread since at least the mid-eighteenth
century, but the baguette didn’t become an iconic symbol of French
cuisine until the twentieth century. A new law passed in 1920 banned
workers from beginning their shift before 4am, which made it difficult
for French bakers to have fresh bread ready for their customers in the
morning. They turned to the fast-baking baguette for a solution, and
soon it became a part of daily life.
While the baguette claims the title of “French bread,” France
produces many other famous types of bread including: croissants,
brioche, pain de campagne, batard, pain de mie, and fougasse. To
celebrate National French Bread Day, buy or bake a delicious loaf of
fresh French bread to share with your family!
Love french bread.
I never knew.
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