French baguette recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Sam
08:00:21 - December 06, 2022

UNESCO recently designated “the craft know-how and culture of baguette production” as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

For hundreds years, baguette has been regarded as a traditional important long bread in a French meal. The image of baguettes has grown popular, and it may be seen everywhere on the streets in France.

There are numerous anecdotes regarding this well-known bread. One of them is the origin of its distinctive elongated shape. This was originally invented by Napoleon Bonaparte’s bakers in order to make it easier for the troops to move around. 

According to statistics, approximately 16 million baguette loaves are baked in the country every day, for a total of 6 billion pieces each year. A baguette presently costs around 1 Euro (over 25,000 VND).

According to the Confederation of French Bakers, a standard baguette is made from the main ingredients including flour, water, salt and yeast. The cake dough must be incubated for a period of 15 to 20 hours at a temperature of 4 to 6 degrees Celsius.

Although the basic ingredients of the baguette are the same, each bakery in France has its own way of making its cake even more special.

In France, each year there are small- and large-scale competitions to find the best baguettes in the region.

French baguette recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage

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