If you have kids, I am sure you have seen the classic Disney movie Aladdin. If so, remember the beginning where Aladdin steals the loaf of bread and runs all over the city trying to escape the guards? Maybe it’s my inner child, or the fact that I have two Disney obsessed children who force me to watch every Disney movie that comes out, but, every time I see that cartoon loaf of bread… I think how my cartoon self would find it super delicious. (Maybe I just need more sleep…).
Anyway, Carbohydrates are huge in my family! My daughter practically lives off of them, and for that reason alone, I try to incorporate them into every meal. A meal with bread is a good meal regardless the entree. Just think.. What could possibly make a nice pasta dish more appealing? Garlic Bread! It just makes sense. Especially when you live near a bread loving city like Philadelphia . We are use to delicious Hoagie rolls and mouth-watering soft pretzels.
Pain d’epi (French Bread)
I am always interested in the history of the food that I make. Having a History minor in college and a teaching background definitely contributes to my desire to learn. French Bread has a long history dating back before the Napoleon Era. Can you believe that little dictator actually established strict standards for baking bread. Where’s the creativity in that?
It wasn’t for another 100 years when bread became more accessible to farmers and became part of the staple diet again. Since then, there has been an emergence of creativity and original products. Bread is a regular side on the dinner table and wheat is the most cultivated grain in the world.
Pain d’epi is a classic wheat stalk shaped bread. It looks intimidating and difficult to make, but it is quite simple. The finished product is ever so crusty on the outside and doughy in the middle. It will look elegant on your table next to any dish you prefer. Try this recipe and you will be happy you chose it over the ordinary dinner rolls.
Fresh bread will always be a crowd pleaser over store bought. Take the time to make this bread and your guests will be impressed.
You can use leftover bread to make Bruschetta, homemade croutons or breadcrumbs.
Making your own bread will not only be rewarding, it will save you money. A loaf of french bread in the store ranges from $3.00 to $5.00 dollars.