National French Bread Day:
This day is celebrated on the 21st of March every year. Millions across the United States celebrate this delicious day for years. When it comes to culinary foods, the French are known for their high-standards to celebrate this iconic symbol of French cuisine.
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Why National French Bread Day?
French is known as the most romantic language ever, and so does their cuisines. French cuisines are difficult to pronounce, but it sure is a melody to your ears. Bread has been lurking around in history for centuries until this amazing creation was found in the twenties.
In 1920 when the government passed a law, the bakers were banned from working before 4 am. Making fluffy and delicious bread needed not only flavors but also proper kneading. To make a flexible dough, it requires the flour to puff overnight and time to bake them. However, the French bakers weren’t allowed to work before 4 am, which resulted in a reduced amount of time in baking delicious bread before opening the shop. To serve freshly baked bread early in the morning before customers arrive, the French bakers had to find another way to bake in a limited amount of time.
So, they started. Bakers worked day and night to come up with a solution. They tried kneading the dough in every shape and size possible, and one day they found it. They started kneading the dough in long and in a thin shape. The bakers noticed that the bread is packed with flavors and needs less amount of time to bake it. Thus, created the history of French Bread.
French bread is widely known as loaves or baguettes. This long stick of bread is crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside. Lucky for all of us, this bread can be used with any cuisine. Having chilly tonight? Pair it with some bread. Pasta with white sauce? Why don’t you serve it with some garlic bread? There is no limit to where this yeasty cuisine cannot be eaten with.
In the middle ages, baking bread in French was meant to be a big deal. Some families would take their dough to nearby bakers to have them shaped and baked, giving them fluffy and crunchy bread as they desired. These bakers had huge oven pit fueled by wood and coal to make freshly baked bread. The dough was put in and pulled out by a long wooden shovel called “peel.” You wouldn’t be surprised to know that with the creation of ovens and stoves, French bakers still opt for brick ovens or oven pits to date. Using only four ingredients; flour, salt, water, and yeast, this amazing creation changed our lives for good.
The art of making traditional bread loaves are still alive and thriving in France. This crispy golden baguette is growing in popularity for the aroma and flavor that it carries.
How Can We Observe National French Bread Day?
- Do it Yourself
Fill your house with the aroma by baking delicious bread in your oven. Invite some friends and co-workers over and serve this crusty, golden piece of bread in different ways. Serve warm and fresh bread with some cold cuts, pasta, or simply brushing them with butter. Or pick some loaves from your nearby bakery and serve them with some cheese.
- Add it into your every meal.
Planning to have an egg sandwich in the morning? Slice this long-thin baguette and serve. Whether it is plain veggies for lunch or simple soup for dinner, two-three slices of French bread can go a long way.
- Show it off
Baked your own bread? Don’t forget to post on your socials with the hashtag #NationalFrenchBreadDay.
Interesting Facts On National French Bread Day:
Let’s look at some amazing facts that are about to light up your day!
- France has the highest amount of bakeries in the world, with reigning 32,000 bakeries in total.
- Since bread is the iconic symbol for French cuisine, the law has stated that all bakers in Paris should take a summer vacation at the same time.
- The shape of the French bread gives it more time to be under the heat so that it can come out golden and crispy on the outside.
- French bakers follow strict rules while baking French bread, like the diameter of the bread must be 5-6 cm and its length being 55-66 cm.
History Of National French Bread Day:
The origin of National French Bread day is still in the dark, but in the early 19th century, someone named August Zang bought the invention of the steam oven and introduced Vienna Bread as a croissant; thus, it leads to the creation of Baguettes. Anyways, who said you need to know the history of food to enjoy a day dedicated only to French Breads?