Ah, homemade bread. There’s really nothing quite like it. Slathered with fresh butter, or homemade jams, or honey, it’s the ultimate comfort food. I love making all different types of bread from honey wheat, to sourdough and also this amazing French bread.
Bread was so important, that back in the 1700’s, a Frenchman was said to eat 3 pounds a day. If bread supplies ran short, or the quality was bad, riots resulted. There were even changes in the very language that reflected bread’s importance, the English phrase of: “to be the bread-winner” was made common to flaunt their victories over French territories. It truly was the “bread of life’. During the Middle Ages, bread making was primarily done at home, but more and more, people took their dough to be baked at a local bakery. This was done with a wood-fired oven, and using long handled paddles to move the bread in and out of the oven. True “French bread” has only 4 ingredients, yeast, flour, salt and water.