Did you dough?
• 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.