Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread?! Unless you have a gluten allergy – and even so, there are delicious non-wheat/rye alternatives – the scent of hot baking dough just has to be one of the best out there.
And, talking of the best, no-one makes delicious bread like they do in Europe, and especially the French. And which is why, here at Solino Home Linen, we are giving a big shout out to National French Bread Day.
Held on March 21, this ‘day of dough’ celebration here in the US is especially for the French stick (or baguette). This long and light, narrow loaf of bread with a crispy crust is brilliant for sandwiches. It’s also great for pulling off chunks and dipping it in soup and tomato or garlic sauces. Ok, we’re already starting to get hungry now…
How to bake your own baguette for National French Bread Day
To celebrate National French Bread Day why not make your own baguette or two? This recipe is surprisingly simple. Two things jump out to us about this recipe. The first is you have to start prepping the day before i.e., on the 20th, since the kneaded dough needs around 14 hours to rise and double in size. The second thing is, you need a really hot oven (500 degrees F or 260 degrees C) to bake.
Add French sophistication with table linen
Once you’ve gone to the trouble of baking your own baguette you will, of course, want to serve it up with some great food. And, while you’re at it, add a touch of class with our beautiful table linen.
Our Athena Collection of 100% linen tablecloths come in a wonderful range of 13 different colors. From subtle chambray beige and light grey all the way up to the jewel shades of purple and red garnet, you’re sure to find something you love.
But don’t stop at just the tablecloth. To really set the scene you will want some classic linen napkins too. Coordinate or contrast colors with the matching Athena napkin collection. And, finally, if it’s a romantic meal you are planning - rather than a family dinner - then you will definitely need the candles and an expensive bottle of French wine. Non?
Of course, if you don’t have a whole bunch of time on your hands then you can always go out and buy a couple of baguettes. Who cares if it's sort-of cheating? So long as you have the great food and table linen, you’re more than half way there to a fabulous celebration of National French Bread Day. We’ll eat to that!
Fab French bread fact
While we’re talking about the baguette, did you know it was ‘invented’ by accident? Back in the 1920s French laws forbade bakers to start work before 4am.
So, they needed a bread that would bake quickly. The long, narrow shape of the baguette was the ideal solution. People liked the handy shape so much, it stayed. But more than that, the baguette is now the bread France is best known for.
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