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very thin loaf

Photo d'une ficelle (pain français)

Ficelle means ‘string’, and it’s generally the thinnest loaf you can buy in the boulangerie, short of a breadstick (gressin). The rules say they should weigh 200gr. They are often used for a jambon-beurre sandwich.

Glorious French bread

In some parts of France, however, they are shorter and stumpier.

A ficelle picarde on the other hand is a pancake dish invented by Chef Marcel Lefebvre at an exhibition in Amiens in the 1950s. It’s a a baked pancake, stuffed with mushrooms, ham and cream or béchamel sauce.

Bread, pancakes, etc

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Monica Arellano-Ongpin, Nono64