We are totally addicted to this bread. Just smelling it sends us into raptures.
Every Sunday morning we drive the 10 Kms to Frayssinet le Gelat to buy two of their fabulous 800 gm Sourdough Loaves (pain au levain); one to eat at once, the other (when cool enough) to go in the freezer. Its flavour is a bit like a cross between good ordinary bread and English crumpets; delicious enough to eat by itself.
Have you ever wondered why a Boulangerie is called a Boulangerie?
Up until the 17th Century all bread in France was baked as 'round' loaves; The Boule in Boulangerie simply suggests a round (ball) loaf.
Nowadays every shape imaginable can be bought. Is that an improvement; probably not!
I'm pleased to say that my baker restricts himself to about 6 different loaves; some very big. I'll buy one one day to show you.