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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 10
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2012-07-01 09:10:37 AM
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French food is overrated and over priced. I had a meal in Caen that consisted of a tough piece of meat, some vegetables, and a glass of wine. It cost over $50. That was more or less the experience with most of my meals in France but I remember that one in particular.
2012-07-01 04:37:53 AM
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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 10:46:37 AM
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I don't know if it's still the case, but Costco used to make scratch puff pastry. (Sorry, forgot to quote, Costco guy!)

This is really unfortunate. The bulk of croissants in Canada (and presumably the US) comes frozen. They're passable, but the difference between a scratch made product with a short list of ingredients, primarily butter and flour, and a product containing a whack of l-cysteine, calcium propionate, azodicarbonamide, cheap margarine and shortenings, etc, is pretty drastic. I don't consider myself to have a particularly refined palette, either.

I've been a baker for about four years. I did my apprenticeship at a small-ish grocery store that still did a lot of scratch baking, but all the puff pastry came in frozen. I just moved to a wholesaler that makes absolutely everything from scratch, by hand, in huge volumes. It's all "clean label" with no preservatives, etc, and artisan breads are made properly, where the dough rests for hours fermenting and developing flavour, and is then shaped by hand. We supply most of the large hotels, fine dining restaurants, and a lot of retail chains. While other bakeries in this market are largely struggling to stay flat, this operation is up 37% over last year, and 600% since it's opening four years ago. Many people CAN tell the difference between quality and trash, and are willing to pay a small premium for it.

My goal is to work in Canada for another three years, and then go to France or Germany to re-apprentice under an old master.
2012-07-01 07:28:55 AM
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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 07:12:57 AM
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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 06:45:35 AM
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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 05:48:03 AM
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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 05:37:00 AM
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Some people prefer the cheap industrial over the artisan stuff. Unsurprisingly, artisans have a problem with that.
2012-07-01 05:16:01 AM
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billybobtoo: Have they discovered deoderant yet?


Have Floridians discovered how not to smell like taco supremes yet?
2012-07-01 04:46:27 AM
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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
 
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