Fast Facts about Baguettes

 

What is a baguette?

A baguette is a delicious long and thin French bread. It has a crispy crust and softer bread in the middle. It is about 70cm long and about 7cm wide. The word baguette means “wand” in French. In France they are baked daily, and you can buy a baguette in any bakery in Paris.

How are they made?

They are made using flour, water, salt, and yeast. They don’t have many additives and are sold fresh. A baguette is cooked in a steam oven for about 30 minutes.

When was the first baguette made?

Nobody really knows the answer to this question. One idea is that they were first made around 100 years ago. At that time, a new law was made that stopped bakers from working at night time. This was a problem for bakers because they wanted some bread to sell to people for their breakfasts. Therefore the bakers made a thin bread that would cook quickly. Also around that time, bakers started using steam ovens. These ovens help to make the crispy crust on the baguette.

Now you know a little about the baguette, why not try one for breakfast tomorrow!



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