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National French Bread Day
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Five Food Finds about French Bread
- French national law dictates that ‘French’ bread should contain only combinations of flour, yeast, salt and water.
- French bread is a simple low-fat white flour bread, which is baked into long slender loaves called baguettes.
- Most baguettes are around 2-3’ in length, and 3-5” in thickness.
- While a regular baguette is made with a direct addition of baker’s yeast, it is not unusual for artisan-style loaves to be made with a poolish, “biga” or other bread pre-ferments to increase flavor complexity and other characteristics.
- Outside France, baguettes are also made with other doughs; for example, the Vietnamese bánh mì uses a high proportion of rice flour, while many North American bakeries make whole wheat, multigrain, and sourdough baguettes alongside French-style loaves.
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