French Baguette

French Baguettes: A Guide

The baguette is more than just a delicious treat: it’s an essential part of your French persona. If you can’t carry Hermès, carry a baguette under your arm for instant Frenchie-cred.

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?”
― Julia Child

Two Types of Baguette

There are really only 2 types of baguette (bag-EHT) you need to know about: une baguette parisienne (pahr-ee-zee-EHN) and une baguette de tradition (trah-dee-see-ON). Most vendors in Denver wont use this language, but it’s still useful to know the difference.

A baguette parisienne is my favorite type of baguette. It has a crispy exterior and a soft, white interior. The ends are rounded.

A baguette de tradition can only be made from only four ingredients (flour, leavening, water, and salt) per a 1993 French law. The baguette is often characterized by pointed ends and French bakeries spend a lot of time perfecting their recipe.

You’ll mostly find a baguette de tradition when in Denver bakeries, so look out for those distinctive pointed ends!

How To Pick Out A Good Baguette

– Look for a baguette that is sturdy rather than light for its size
Avoid braille-like dots on the bottom (that’s a sign of an industrial baked baguette)
– Choose a baguette with uneven color on the crust (it’s a sign that the baguette was baked by hand)
– The inside of a good baguette will have irregular holes when torn (as opposed to a flat surface full of tiny, regular holes)
– A quality baguette should smell slightly like apricot


Where To Find A Good Baguette In Denver

Le Trompeau (Trompeau Bakery)
2950 S Broadway
Englewood, CO
(303) 777-7222

Marczyk’s Fine Foods
770 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO
(303) 894-9499

Grateful Bread Company*
425 Violet Street
Golden, CO

Babettes Artisan Bread
at The Source
3350 N. Brighton Blvd. Suite 40,
Denver, Colorado

*Grateful Bread Company only offers retail sales one day a month, but you can sample their delicious baguettes at Z Cuisine or at Le Jardin Secret chef’s market)

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