Bread dough, fresh from Paris bakeries

I have been in France six years now and I feel that I’m now getting to grips with the country. I have figured out the school system, the tax system and the obsession with dossiers. So now, I am always thrilled when I discover something new! This weekend, it was the fact that you can walk into almost any French bakery (and there are many) and ask for baguette dough, already bashed around and risen to perfection. It costs the same as a loaf of bread and the possibilities are endless.

I made a couple of trays full of fresh pizza and some foccacia with the leftovers as we had friends over for dinner. I think it would be lovely to pick up the dough one night and then bake some little rolls for breakfast. Someone told me that you can even buy brioche dough, which you can then roll out, fill and experiment with. Voila, you learn something new every day!

I am wondering, can you  do the same in other countries?

– Emilie

17 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Estelle | October 8, 2013 | Reply

What a fabulous idea! I’ve never come across it in Edinburgh, but will have to investigate now.

2. Lara | October 8, 2013 | Reply

I’m not sure it is still the case but while I was growing up in Rome we used to buy pizza dough from pizzerias and bakeries and make our own at home. Or deep fry lumps of dough and serve them with tomato sauce. Delicious!

3. Courtney in London | October 8, 2013 | Reply

How cool that you can just pick up some dough and come home and cook it. The home-made bread smell in your house! It’s almost worth doing it daily!!! xxx

4. Emilie | October 8, 2013

I know, seriously I am doing this every weekend now…

5. Duba | October 8, 2013 | Reply

We can buy pizza dough in Zagreb, Croatia. I don’t know if they sell bread dough as well., I’ve never asked.

6. Robyn | October 11, 2013 | Reply

Great idea!!!! I’m going to ask around in Kuwait and see how I get on!

7. Peggy | October 11, 2013 | Reply

I have bought pizza dough from pizzerias here in NYC. :)

8. Shelly | October 11, 2013 | Reply

You can buy pizza dough from most pizzerias in NYC. A GREAT inspiration for a last minute meal.

9. This Weekend | Dejlige Days | October 11, 2013 | Reply

[…] A lovely way to enjoy fresh bread. […]

10. Diana | October 11, 2013 | Reply

In Portugal, it’s also possible!

11. Maria Ana | October 11, 2013 | Reply

You can do that here in Lisbon (Portugal)

12. cath | October 12, 2013 | Reply

Well I’m French and I didn’t know that! What we buy at our boulangerie is delicious pate feuilletée, to make quiches and pies. Homemade pate feuilletée is so hard to do, and it takes forever with often disapointing results. The kind you get at supermarkets is ok, but there’s nothing like the one made by your baker, you’ll never go back!
And now I feel like going to get some baguette dough and make rolls for tomorrow morning! Thanks for a great idea!

13. Emilie | October 14, 2013

That is a great tip, I have never managed to make a good pate feuillleté!

14. Lavinia | October 12, 2013 | Reply

I’m from Milan, Italy, and this is something we do regularly! Bread dough, pizza dough.. and it costs less than baked bread! :)
With bread dough, you can also make dinner!
Chicken rosettas:
In a pan: olive oil and chopped onion, until golden.
Cut chicken breasts in small pieces, and add to the pan until it becomes white and is cooked through. (do not overcook!)
Let it cool.
Add pitted black olives and mortadella ( cut into small pieces as well.
Roll out the bread dough in a rectangular shape. Pour the stuffing (chicken/olives/mortadella) in the center, like a line long as the longest side of the rectangular shape. Close it, sealing with a bit of water, as you’re making a package.
Preheat the oven at 150 C.
Cut slices (3cm) and put them on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Let them bake for 30mins, or until the bread dough is golden.

Bon appetit! :)

15. Emilie | October 14, 2013

Sounds intriguing!

16. Kim | October 12, 2013 | Reply

We can buy pizza dough in the United States, as I am sure you would be able to buy other doughs, if asked.

17. Sara | October 14, 2013 | Reply

One of our favorite things is to buy pizza dough from the local pizza place and make all sorts of things, calzones, mini pizzas, stromboli, etc. It makes for a fun and easy date night in!