Pain Gascon

Before we came away I was in touch with Anne Lataillade who has a famous blog, Papilles et Pupilles, about Bordeaux. She gave me the names of some Bordeaux bakers to check out.

You know I am an old cynic and not much over-awed by professional bakers whatever their reputation. Sometimes though I walk into a bakery and my knees go weak, my mouth goes dry and I have trouble talking. No, not Greggs, Bangor High Street – Au pétrin Moissagais, Cours de la Martinique, Bordeaux – http://www.au-petrin-moissagais.info/

It’s a bit like going into church. A dark room about 50 feet long with an ancient wood-burning oven for an altar at the far end. A little display in the window, a woman serving at a plain table a quarter of the way down and along the wall in between an enormous wooden trough full with the most amazing loaves you’ve ever seen. Along with that boulangerie smell, it’s the sheer physicality of the breads that hit you:

They’ve obviously been shaped by twisting which is new to me.

Have to give that a go sometime.

Massive crust – the first slice is almost crust all the way through. Yellowish touch to the crumb. Semolina? Maize meal?

Have to say the flavour is a little bland.

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6 Responses to Pain Gascon

  1. Matt Bourne says:

    Wow, now that is a bakery. Intriguing twisted loaf. How big was it Mick? Is that ash I see underneath?! Matt

  2. bethesdabakers says:

    Hiya Matt
    First I have to say that although I wasn’t impressed with the taste on the first day, it really developed and the loaf stayed fresh for several days. I reckon it was around 2K and, yes, a touch of ash.

    Mick

  3. moonbake1 says:

    I thought my peel was long but the one in the picture means that’s a seriously deep oven! I think eho here would have problems with the set though.It’s amazing Mick. I’m quite envious would love to visit bakery like that with so much history and charater.Hope you’re getting some good weather
    Rick

  4. bethesdabakers says:

    Rick
    We are having fantastic weather.

    More bread news to follow.

    Mick

  5. Barry says:

    Heading for Bordeaux next week I am guessing its worth a look then ?

  6. bethesdabakers says:

    Hiya Barry

    Reckon so.

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