How to Make Fresh French Boule

How to Make Fresh French Boule

Is it possible to create the famed French Boule? I was recently asked that very question. I was a little surprised at the response. It turns out there's a real way to make this delectable bread. Here is how it's done.

The origin of the traditional French home is a somewhat hazy story. Historians inform us that it was made in the early twelve hundreds by a nobleman in France called Basques. It was probably invented to replace the roux, which the aristocrats were using for years to cook delicious pastries and desserts but did not have enough time to prepare themselves. They got another idea and made some roux bread for themselves.

It is important to note here that white bread flour does not play a part in the preparation of the original French bread. In actuality, it is not even mentioned in the original recipe. The wheat flour that most contemporary recipes call for is what's used in many of today's cakes and breads. The interesting thing about this is that while it's known as French boule (in French), it really contains oats.

Oats are not technically bud, but they are a better medium for gluten to be processed quickly into gluten-free flour. If you look at the back label on a good French home recipe, you will see that it contains oats, a corn starch base and wheat germ. One could say that the French bread is made with corn meal or flax seed meal. That is not to say that contemporary flour has no place in a good French bread recipe, but I wo