While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Forget your morning bagel routine and start the day with a baguette; March 21 is National French Bread Day!
You'd know the signs of a good baguette anywhere: long, thin loaf, basic lean dough, soft heaven on the inside and a crisp, chewy crust on the outside. Gently crack it, and you'll know you've picked the right loaf by the sound it makes.
Although the shape of French baguettes are pretty standard and iconic, it's the dough that makes it so, especially according to French law. It sounds so simple: wheat flour, water, yeast and salt. But there are strict rules prohibiting preservatives, so the loaves must be baked every day.
So ditch your usual morning routine and try a traditional French continental breakfast - spreading baguette slices with butter and jam alongside your coffee or hot chocolate. The crusty bread is also perfect for dipping in either.
Really want to impress your friends (and yourself)? Make your own French bread baguettes and you'll be exclaiming quel surprise at how talented you can be.
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