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6 classic types of French bread

PUBLISHED: 12:56 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 14 February 2018

It wouldn't be France without bread...

It wouldn't be France without bread...

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Here’s a round-up of the bread stalwarts you’ll find in boulangeries across France

BaguetteBaguette

Baguette

The classic long, thin loaf, whose dough is actually defined by French law. Usually around 65cm long, but can be up to a metre. The demi-baguette is a munchable sandwich-sized loaf.

FicelleFicelle

Ficelle

The baguette’s longer, skinnier cousin, often sprinkled with cheese or sesame seeds. ‘Ficelle’ literally means ‘string’.

BriocheBrioche

Brioche

A light, puffy, sweet bread containing eggs and butter. Considered a viennoiserie (the name given to items made in the same way as bread but with added ingredients – croissants and pains au chocolat are other examples) and often eaten for tea.

FougasseFougasse

Fougasse

Typically associated with Provence and often containing local ingredients such as olives or olive oil, sundried tomatoes, anchovies or herbs. Similar to the Italian focaccia.

Pain de campagnePain de campagne

Pain de campagne

Translating as ‘country bread’, this rustic sourdough loaf is round and typically made with a mixture of white and wholewheat/rye flour.

Pain completPain complet

Pain complet

The French term for brown or wholewheat bread.

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