Bread - the one absolute staple of French cuisine.
The modern steam injected stone based oven in one of the bakeries in our village. The water bottle is for adding water into an external inlet to periodically top up the steam reservoir.
Like most things French, bread is not just a simple matter of water, flour, yeast, and common salt - although by law these are the only ingredients allowed in the item labelled "pain". If you want to find out just what makes French bread so special, let us know when you book your tour with us.
|One of our local bakers at work.|
A typical boule, cut.
|A long loaf made for a food and art festival (L'Art et Lard) in the next village to where I live. Customers buy chunks of the loaf which is priced by weight.|
|Traditional breads on display.|
|This parking sign indicates that parking is not allowed, but stopping for 10 minutes will be tolerated. You only ever see these signs outside bakeries and pharmacies.|
|A glimpse into the back of a bakery near Blois.|
|Organic sourdough bread at the market in my village in the Loire Valley.|
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