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6 classic types of French bread

PUBLISHED: 12:56 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:02 14 June 2016

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

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.

Baguette Baguette

Ficelle

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

Ficelle Ficelle

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.

Brioche Brioche

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.

Fougasse Fougasse

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 de campagne Pain de campagne

Pain complet

The French term for brown or wholewheat bread.

Pain complet Pain complet

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