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(Telegraph)   France is facing the greatest crisis it's ever seen: fresh-baked, hand-rolled croissants are being replaced by frozen, industrial-pressed croissants   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 117
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2012-07-01 01:21:44 AM  
www.fanboysoftheuniverse.com
CROISSANT!
 
2012-07-01 01:31:20 AM  
Mon dieu!

/eh... que m'importe?
 
2012-07-01 01:40:05 AM  
Quelle horreur.
 
2012-07-01 02:17:57 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Mon dieu!

/eh... que m'importe?


came here. left happy.
 
2012-07-01 02:34:02 AM  
Fabriqué en usine, des croissants? Dans la boulangerie? Il est plus probable que vous le pensez.
 
2012-07-01 04:19:54 AM  
This story has a certain Je ne sais quoi.
 
2012-07-01 04:21:34 AM  
Croissants are delicious. That is all.
 
2012-07-01 04:22:19 AM  
France doesn't surrender.
 
2012-07-01 04:23:06 AM  
This is a catastrophe for them. Which is why I like to secretly serve my French friends English wine.
 
2012-07-01 04:24:44 AM  
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2012-07-01 04:26:40 AM  
Call me silly, but a fresh croissant beats a frozen/heated up one any day of the week. I'd be welcomed to Fark, but I do remember when submitter submitted hyperbole didn't have to constitute the meat of the headline. Er, I meant the bread and butter of the headline.
 
2012-07-01 04:27:05 AM  
You can still get em in Beijing

.
 
2012-07-01 04:36:59 AM  
Le horreueur!

As long as they keep shipping out good cheese and good liquor I don't really give a damn about the buttered croissants, as by the time they are shipped to me they are stale and miserable as hell. (I get my croissants from a local bakery here in Louisiana, thanks.)

More champagne!
 
2012-07-01 04:37:53 AM  
The silly tag is undeserved. The average French citizen enjoys a quality of life that most Americans will never experience. Look at their school lunches for Ghu's sake! Link
 
2012-07-01 04:38:20 AM  
I'd prefer a french factory made croissant over an american dunkin dougnut bagel anyday!
 
2012-07-01 04:38:28 AM  
Cares deeply:

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"Oh my! What ever will I serve with my good butter and good jams?"
 
2012-07-01 04:41:14 AM  
Sacre blue cheea whiz
 
2012-07-01 04:42:48 AM  

Coelacanth: The silly tag is undeserved. The average French citizen enjoys a quality of life that most Americans will never experience. Look at their school lunches for Ghu's sake! Link


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2012-07-01 04:43:26 AM  

libranoelrose: Sacre blue cheea whiz


Cheez
 
2012-07-01 04:44:06 AM  
Bleu
 
2012-07-01 04:46:27 AM  
While we're talking about school lunches, how about I mention India? ince 2001 all Indian primary schools have provided pupils with a free midday meal. Seven years on truancy rates have been slashed, and child health is soaring. Western governments (Except ours) are taking note. Link
 
2012-07-01 04:51:49 AM  
bookfaked.com
 
2012-07-01 04:58:23 AM  
After the meal, they are allowed a 10 minute smoke break.
 
2012-07-01 04:59:14 AM  
Have they discovered deoderant yet?
 
2012-07-01 04:59:49 AM  
That's pretty bad, if anywhere like true. The quality of fresh stuff from the average french boulangerie has always been astounding. Pre-fab croissants are an abomination.
 
2012-07-01 05:13:54 AM  
reneau.smugmug.com
 
2012-07-01 05:16:01 AM  

billybobtoo: Have they discovered deoderant yet?


Have Floridians discovered how not to smell like taco supremes yet?
 
2012-07-01 05:37:00 AM  
Some people prefer the cheap industrial over the artisan stuff. Unsurprisingly, artisans have a problem with that.
 
2012-07-01 05:48:03 AM  
A fresh croissant in Paris is truly fabulous. I mean really. The pre-fab might as well be a twinkie or something.
 
2012-07-01 06:10:16 AM  
C'est un scandale! Arrêtez tout!
 
2012-07-01 06:12:02 AM  
This will not end well.
 
2012-07-01 06:14:42 AM  

billybobtoo: Have they discovered deoderant yet?


I'm done here. Thank you.
 
2012-07-01 06:14:55 AM  
Do the French need regulation to tell them what bakeries to go to? People can generally figure out the quality of a place relatively quickly and decide to frequent there or not. For me Wegman's offsite made bread for normal sandwich and toast, Wegman's fresh baked non-sliced for something nicer, and top tier if I'm having a 'fancy dinner is at a true bakery downtown.

Best croissant I've had is Joey D's in Atlanta, better than anything I had in Paris but then again I may have been eating factory made croissants.
 
2012-07-01 06:26:00 AM  
Having been to Paris multiple times, I'll take the bakeries in St. Malo (or really, anywhere in France other than Paris) any day of the week.
 
2012-07-01 06:35:25 AM  
Merde
 
2012-07-01 06:43:29 AM  
le gâteau croissant est un mensonge
 
2012-07-01 06:45:35 AM  
What will happen is that those people who are ok with the cheap but not as good croissants will buy them frozen and part cooked from the supermarket and bake them at home while those who want the good stuff will buy them from real bakers. All you need is to make sure the customer can tell before buying those bakers who finish frozen products and those who make them from scratch.

/Can buy frozen part cooked croissants and pain au chocolate from supermarkets in England
//Can also get really good fresh croissants from supermarkets
///Can also get some really crap croissants as well
 
2012-07-01 07:03:14 AM  
Ce n'est pas un croissant.
 
2012-07-01 07:12:57 AM  

Coelacanth: While we're talking about school lunches, how about I mention India? ince 2001 all Indian primary schools have provided pupils with a free midday meal. Seven years on truancy rates have been slashed, and child health is soaring. Western governments (Except ours) are taking note.


WTF are you on about? You're not seriously comparing poverty and malnutrition in India vs western countries, are you? Seriously?

And as far as a 'midday meal', I seem to remember, from decades ago in school, going into a large room at the middle of the day, and having some sort of food. I think it was called a lunch room. Or maybe cafeteria.
And it was staffed by large, surly women with big breasteses. I think they were called "lunch ladies".

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure 'lunch' has been a central part of a school day in Western countries for quite a long time.
 
2012-07-01 07:27:31 AM  
If you've never had a handmade French croissant with cafe au lait sitting outside on a balcony in Paris...you have not lived.
 
2012-07-01 07:28:06 AM  
Haters gonna hate, but once upon a time I found myself, one sunny July morning, sitting with my woman out on the terrace of a boulangerie somewhere on the corner of Rue St Antoine and where Place des Vosges begins and I ordered myself a soupbowl full of chocolate milk and a croissant, and just as I was about to bite that motherfarker I heard a giant sonic boom and three jets with red, white and blue in their exhausts soared over. I'd forgotten that it was the 14th. But anyway, that croissant was something special.
 
2012-07-01 07:28:43 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: If you've never had a handmade French croissant with cafe au lait sitting outside on a balcony in Paris...you have not lived.


Hey - are you a mind-reader or something?!
 
2012-07-01 07:28:55 AM  
I must have never had a good croissant because I remember them as being pretty bland and tasting like what ever was put on them.
 
2012-07-01 07:29:00 AM  

maram500: Le horreueur!

As long as they keep shipping out good cheese and good liquor I don't really give a damn about the buttered croissants, as by the time they are shipped to me they are stale and miserable as hell. (I get my croissants from a local bakery here in Louisiana, thanks.)

More champagne!


Fellow Louisianian...and yes, we do croissants very well.
 
2012-07-01 07:33:48 AM  

DistendedPendulusFrenulum: You can still get em in Beijing

.


And Hanoi.

And the best freaking madeleines I've ever had were in Songkhla Thailand, made by an old Chinese man who leaned how to make them in France in the 1930s.
Goddamn...I loved that guy.
 
2012-07-01 07:34:44 AM  

Coming on a Bicycle: The more you eat the more you fart: If you've never had a handmade French croissant with cafe au lait sitting outside on a balcony in Paris...you have not lived.

Hey - are you a mind-reader or something?!


Nope...but i DO enjoy vacationing in France (and Ireland) a lot.

I agree with the Europeans on a lot of things, notably in their belief that Americans work too much, and wouldn't know how to relax if we were given detailed instructions.
 
2012-07-01 07:36:51 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: [www.fanboysoftheuniverse.com image 400x600]
CROISSANT!


Why the hell does a beach bike have V-brakes?
 
2012-07-01 07:37:33 AM  

assjuice: I must have never had a good croissant because I remember them as being pretty bland and tasting like what ever was put on them.


Its about the melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the delicate, lightly buttery, slighty sweet taste.
 
2012-07-01 07:40:37 AM  

Z-clipped: The article is correct that the bakers who really know how it's done are dying out. The previous generation slaved for years (or decades) under master pastry chefs to learn their recipes and techniques. That kind of work ethic has died out enough that a lot of those guys are taking their secrets to the grave with them, rather than hand them over to someone they don't think is worthy.


Another element is that the mass-produced, frozen croissants are a fraction of the cost. Yes, the quality suffers but broke and hungry cares less about quality than quantity.

Additionally, the market place for truly great croissants is dying. Yes, there are those such as yourself who know the difference. But whether it is croissants, bread, beer, wine, meat, clothing, shoes, furniture, or any number of other consumer goods, the number of consumers who know the difference between quality and shoddy is an ever smaller percentage. The number of true artisans the marketplace can support is shrinking.

But work ethic is certainly an element in this. Watch the food networks and see the number of supposed chefs that tout the wonders of frozen puff pastry. When I took a few classes from a chef de cuisine back in the 70s, he would have cut your tongue out (and served it beautifully sliced, painted in a delicately flavored aspic and garnished with truffles) for even mentioning frozen puff pastry. In his mind, if you couldn't make your own puff pastry, you were worthless. If you were too lazy to make your own, you should never be allowed in a kitchen again.
 
2012-07-01 07:42:56 AM  
Frozen croissants now supplant the introduction of deodorant as France's greatest cultural crisis?
 
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