Did you dough?

French Property News - - Expert Advice -

• Fam­i­lies shar­ing com­mu­nal ovens cut dis­tinc­tive marks into the tops of their loaves to dis­tin­guish be­tween them

• The com­mu­nal oven owned by a lord was called le four ba­nal, from the old Ger­man com­mand or for­bid. So ‘ ban­lieue’ lit­er­ally means place where the peo­ple were ruled over by a lord, but is now sim­ply the French word for sub­urb.

• The ash cre­ated dur­ing bread­mak­ing was har­vested and mixed with wa­ter to make laun­dry de­ter­gent

• Baguettes re­ally took off in the 1920s af­ter a new law pre­vented work­ers start­ing work be­fore 4am. In or­der to get bread baked in time for break­fast, bak­ers started mak­ing long, thin ‘wands’ of bread.

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