Everyone has heard of the ubiquitous French baguette, but do they know how to order one? Do they know about all of the other wonderful kinds of bread to be found in France? Here is some info on different ways to order a baguette, and other yummy bread you may not have otherwise found. Don’t let your French bread enjoyment stop at the baguette. Try some of these and, enjoy!
How to order:
Une baguette – one baguette
Bien cuite- Well cooked
Pas trop cuite – Not burnt
Moulée – soft, not really brown & crusty
Une Demi-baguette – half of a baguette
Tranchée – sliced
Different types of French bread found in your local ‘Boulangerie’
Pain au levain – Sourdough
Pain de campagne – a crusty rustic loaf with a thick crust (campagne = country)
Complet – made with whole wheat flour
Pain aux Cereals – bread made with different grains
Pain bio – bead made with organic ingredients
Pain a l’ancienne – bread made using traditional methods
Pain de Mie – soft white bread semi-sweet, mostly used for sandwiches.
Boule – a round loaf
Ficelle – a thin baguette (ficelle in French means string)
Pain de seigle – a loaf with 2/3 rye flour and 1/3 wheat flour
Pain au noix – bread filled with nuts.
Pain Viennois – sweeter version of the baguette, often made industrially.
Pain aux raisins – a round sweet bread filled with raisin and often nuts.
Pain aux chocolat – sweet bread filled with chocolate.