Do you want to know what I love about French bread? It reminds me of the time when I was an exchange student in Paris. I ate at least one loaf of French bread (also called baguette) a day. Of course, it showed on my weight, but at that time I did not care too much about that. Hell, I was student and more than happy to have the opportunity to study at a reputable university in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
I love baguette, I really do. This feeling of crispiness of the crust and at the same time the soft crumb inside is hard to describe with words. In this moment, I forget about everything and just savour the taste of the baguette. Usually, I would tear big chunks of the baguette and put lots of butter or sometimes jam on it. Or I would buy delicious cheese in a French supermarket and make a kind of cheese baguette sandwich. It was like heaven for me. Pure joy – until I found out about my intolerance to gluten.
I was devastated about the dire prospects to never again be able to eat the wonderful crispy and tasty French bread. I bought more or less OK gluten-free baguettes from the supermarket or health food stores. But I just knew that was not it. That could not be the end of it. So, I decided to do something about it and try to make my own gluten-free baguette.
Of course, you cannot compare this gluten-free French bread to a real French baguette you can buy in Paris. But hey, that is a too tough competition anyway and by all means, my family and I love this baguette – so I am happy. In fact, the last time I baked it, it took my family of four only one and a half minutes to finish off a whole loaf of my gluten-free French bread. No kidding!
Enjoy a slice of yummy gluten-free French bread (or white bread) with butter and jam!
tsp. = teaspoon = 5 ml
TBS. = tablespoon = 15 ml
ml = milliliter
g = gram
1 cup = 1 cup [US] = 235 ml = 16 tablespoons (TBS)
1 liter = 1.0567 US quarts (liquid)
1 quart = 1 US quart (liquid) = approx. 0.946 liters
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