How to Make New French Boule

How to Make New French Boule

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

The origin of the classic French house is a somewhat fuzzy story. Historians tell us that it was created in the early twelve hundreds by a nobleman in France named Basques. It was probably invented to replace the roux, which the aristocrats had been using for many years to cook tasty pastries and desserts but did not have enough time to prepare themselves. So they got another idea and made some roux bread for themselves.

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

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