The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at French Bread.
The Facts: 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 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.
- The shape of the baguette allows the maximum amount of dough to be exposed directly to heat during the baking process, which produces a thick crust favored by the French, as well as many others. Most baguettes are around 2-3’ in length, and 3-5” in thickness.
- National law dictates that ‘French’ bread should contain only combinations of flour, yeast, salt and water.
- March 21st is National French Bread Day.
French Bread Facts We Missed
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about French Bread