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What type of french bread can I buy that is crunchy on the outside and airy on the inside?

asked by Kar-in over 6 years ago

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added over 6 years ago

Italian bread usually has a crisp crust and light interior. I've seen most grocery stores and Whole Foods have samples of bread for you to taste before you buy a loaf. If all else fails, ask the baker at the bread counter for assistance.

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Sam1148

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added over 6 years ago

You might be thinking of cuban bread. It looks a lot like french bread visually--I've picked it up by mistake before; crunchy on the outside and very soft on the inside.

Which is probably only way to make a really good pressed Cuban sandwich. The Publix supermarket chain carries it, if they don't have it on stock...ask them the day before and they'll make you some.

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added over 6 years ago

There's a difference between "soft" and "airy" -- you would probably be served with a loaf of ciabatta if hole-y / air is what you're looking for. Good luck!

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added over 6 years ago

Crunchy/airy is exactly how I would describe a good baguette. Is that what you're thinking of? Baguettes should have large air pockets, and a light crumb, the opposite of, say, whole wheat sandwich bread, which has tiny pockets and a dense, chewy crumb. Sometimes baguettes are so crunchy on the crust that I get sores on the roof of my mouth trying to bite them. What purpose do you need the bread for?

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drbabs

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added over 6 years ago

I think you're referring to New Orleans french bread. The best french bread has a thin crust that's so crisp it shatters, and a crumb that's so light and airy, it's almost like cotton candy.

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Sam1148

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added over 6 years ago

@drbabs

I second that NOLA french bread. Very good. In my previous post I mentioned Cuban bread, which might be available nation wide and a thin similar flakey crust. But Submitter should be warned Cuban bread goes stale very, very quickly. 24 hours top. After that it's bird food or used in stuffing.

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added over 6 years ago

Looove your description, drbabs!

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