NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY
National French Bread Day bakes up a delicious celebration enjoyed by millions across the United States each year on March 21st.
French bread, also known as a baguette, is a long thin loaf made from basic lean dough. Its length and its crisp crust define it. Over time, French law has established what is and what is not a baguette. In 1920, a labor law prevented bakers from starting their day before 4 a.m. Bread makers know that breadmaking is a tactile industry. The kneading and resting of the dough are just as important as the ingredients. When the law limited their day, the bakers knew their product so well they adjusted by re-shaping their loaves of bread. The long, narrow loaves baked more quickly and evenly. As a result, patrons found the new loaves more convenient for slicing and storing.
These sturdy loaves make delicious sandwiches, but they also go well with any soup. Any leftover bread makes delicious French toast, too!
The French are known for their high standards where culinary arts are concerned. To preserve quality in their bread, laws were passed requiring minimum quantities of certain quality ingredients in each loaf of bread.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY
- Spend some time in the kitchen and fill your home with the smell of homemade French bread.
- Try this French bread recipe and share it with others.
- If the task seems a little daunting, be sure to visit your local bakery and pick up a loaf or two.
- Make some bruschetta or serve it with your favorite pasta dish.
- Use #NationalFrenchBreadDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this yeasty food holiday.
French Bread FAQ
Q. Does French bread make good French toast?
A. Yes. The crusty bread absorbs the egg mixture and flavors perfectly.
Q. Do I need a special pan to make French bread?
A. No. A baking sheet or stone is sufficient for baking French bread.