The History of French Baguettes

The History of French Baguettes

When you are at the grocery store, do you ever walk over to the bread section? Do you see long bread sticks that look absolutely delicious despite being full of carbs? Have you ever chosen one as a sandwich bread or as a side to go with your spaghetti? That would be a french baguette loaf. They are, like the name suggests, of French origin. They are also one of the most iconic breads of all. So, if you would like to know a little bit more, here is your chance. Because I’m going to be listing some facts and laying down some history on these amazing sticks of bread.

One of the first things I would like to bring up are the origins of this bread. Everyone assumes that they know where this bread comes from, but the real answer might actually shock you. While it is thought to come from Paris, France because of the name, that actually is not the case at all. While yes, the bread did become a popular side in Paris and that is how it got its name, the first steam oven was brought over from Vienna which, technically, would make the bread a Vienna custom and not something from France at all. This is only speculation but the studies all seem to line up with this being the case.

Outside of France, it is usually not called a French Baguette but rather it is called a French Stick. While there is nothing wrong with the word baguette, French Stick bread has a better ring to it for people who are not natives of France or Europe in general.

You can use the baguette sticks to make sandwiches, which a lot of people actually do. When you are eating a sub with bread that is slightly different than your regular sub bun, you are probably eating French Baguette as the bun. This doesn’t make a big impact on how your sandwich tastes, but it does give you a much less full piece of bread so that you can enjoy your fillings a little bit more than you usually would.

Some people even eat the baguettes for breakfast like we eat toast normally. They will trade out their piece of toast or their biscuits with a baguette and put jam, butter, or a type of chocolate onto it and enjoy that as their breakfast meal. That would be a pretty fulfilling breakfast on its own, so it’s no wonder why they do it.

When you are shopping for baguettes, there are actually two different types. They are both the same in length but the difference between the two is the fullness of the inside of the bread. The thicker version of the baguette is called a Pain bread, while the thinner version is called a Ficelle. Though, the Pain bread is bought and served far more often than the Ficelle because people like the thicker version. It gives them more food for the price.