French baguettes are protected by law. France passed a law in 1993 that establishes standards for their culinary symbol. According to law, baguettes must be made on the premises where they are sold and contain only the four base ingredients. They should never be frozen or contain additives or preservatives.
Baguettes have a standard size. In France, traditional baguettes must be between 5 and 6 cm wide and 55-65 cm long.
There’s a right way to carry baguettes. Baguettes are made to be easily carried under the arm as you walk. In France, people are expected to own baguette bags that are the perfect shape for portability!
Scores serve a purpose. Those artful slices in traditional French bread aren’t just for decoration. They help prevent excess pressure during baking, which can cause the bread to burst and lose its shape.
Now that you know all about baguettes, it’s time to dig in! If you don’t have hours to commit to baking at home, stop by The Pantry at The Wharf to try Chef Pan’s delicious sammies on baguettes. Then break bread with friends and family to celebrate baguettes in true French style!