Friday, March 01, 2013
I’m often asked what my guilty pleasures are and I have to admit that really good bread and butter is definitely on the list. When I want to treat myself, I go online and order a huge crusty loaf of sourdough bread from Poilane, the best bakery in Paris. It’s enormous – it weighs about 4 pounds! – it’s made in their wood-burning ovens, and they FedEx it almost daily right to your door. When it arrives, I cut the loaf in quarters and freeze some for later. Poilane’s bread is dense and flavorful and it’s as good toasted with butter and jam as it is sliced for sandwiches or grilled for bruschetta. Of all the gifts I’ve ever given, a loaf of fresh bread shipped from Poilane was definitely everyone’s favorite. The raisin and walnut breads are also amazing! It’s like a trip to Paris without the jet lag!