Hungry Reader Challenge: Baguettes from Les Miserables
It seems fitting to close out the challenge with this entry from reader amyd99 who made a simple loaf of bread from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Read on for her inspiration and more photos.
Why this book?
I am currently reading Les Miserables and wanted to make something that represented it. As the book deals with poverty and oppression, there seems to be a lack of food rather than anything to truly inspire. Still, I did not want to give up on this idea…thus, an inspiration from the simple meal which Jean Valjean received from the bishop. Although they had rye bread at this meal, I chose to make a baguette since no one in my family is fond of rye. I used Rose Levy Beranbaum’s baguette recipe from The Bread Bible.
Meantime Madame Magloire had served up supper; it consisted of soup made of water, oil, bread and salt, a little pork, a scrap of mutton, a few figs, a green cheese, and a large loaf of rye bread. She had, without asking, added to the usual dinner of the bishop a bottle of fine old Mauves wine.
Great job amyd99 – your copy of American Artisanal is on its way.