The perfect baguette... just what constitutes the perfect baguette is a personal choice.
The French baguette is synonymous with French culture all over the world. The "baguette de tradition française" is made from wheat flour, water, yeast, and common salt. French bread is required by law to avoid preservatives, and as a result bread goes stale in under 24 hours, thus baking baguettes is a daily occurrence.
The hunt for the perfect baguette is a pleasant adventure for our family. We love the experience of exploring new boulangeries and tasting a new baguette everyday. Mini-Lili knows within one bite whether the baguette is too dry, too moist or has been sitting in the boulangerie for too long.
We will buy a couple of baguettes from the local boulangerie, in whatever village we are visiting and head out with our purchases from the morning market for a picnic. We make sandwiches with the cheese, fresh tomatoes, roasted chicken and that oh-so-fresh baguette.
When you buy any bread in France you know it wasn't made yesterday and shipped 100kms to sit on a shelf before you buy it. No, here in France the bread, baguettes and pastries were all made within hours of you purchasing them... sometimes even minutes. Mini-Lili has bitten into many baguettes that were still steaming.
Make sure you leave time after all the visits to museums, chateaux, and churches to explore the boulangeries of France.