Parisian bread is great. Since we landed on May 1, we’ve quickly adopted the French tradition of grabbing a fresh baguette everyday. While it may not be great for our waistlines, it’s been a tasty addition to our day, and a great vessel for all the french cheese we’ve been eating.
Lucky for us, our extended trip to Paris overlapped the 22nd annual Paris Festival of Bread, a weeklong celebration of traditional, homemade bread!
Every year around St Honore Day (the patron saint of bakers), a festival is set up in the courtyard in front of Notre Dame, filled with amazing breads and baked goods, demonstrations, classes. This year the festival runs from May 15 - 21.
Here’s a quick rundown of what we ate and took away from this year’s festivities…
Chausson au Pomme - basically a pocket-sized apple pie. Light, flaky bread surrounding baked apples
Madeline - a small cakey pastry from Northeast france, similar to cornbread
Chouquette - my new favorite, a tiny goodie that tastes like a donut hole bred with a beignet
Sable d’ beurre - a buttery shortbread cookie.