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National French Bread Day – March 21

March 21 is National French Bread Day. This food holiday is the perfect time to indulge in a comfort food that few can resist.

There is nothing quite like the taste of a crusty loaf of French bread. This tasty bread is simple, versatile and the perfect side for so many dishes. It’s quite fitting that it has its own special day.

Keep reading for more info on this national day, fun facts about French bread, and a recipe for French bread pizzas at the bottom of the page. It’s delicious!

Whether you like to dip your French bread into soup, or enjoy it with olive oil and spices, today is the day to celebrate this bread variety!

National French Bread Day is celebrated on March 21

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Fun facts about French bread

French bread is also known as a baguette. The normal recipe for it contains only flour, yeast, salt and water.Loaf of French Bread

According to a food legend, it was Napoleon who first asked for a baguette to be formed into a long, and thin shape.

He thought it would make it easier for his soldiers to carry their bread around on the battlefield by stuffing it down their trousers!

By law in France, bread cannot have extra oil or butter!

In the USA, the term French bread refers to a loaf of bread that is long and thin. But outside the US, the term can refer to all different types of loaves of bread.

The French have been making long, thin breads since the middle of the 18th century.

Why a long thin shape for French bread?

The shape of a baguette allows for the maximum amount of dough to gain exposure directly to the heat in the oven.

This produces a thick crust which the French people love.  Most baguettes of French bread are 2 to 3 feet in length and only 3-5 inches across.

How to observe National French Bread Day

  • Spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #nationalfrenchbreadday.
  • Read the storybook Monsieur Saguette and His Baguette to your child. Find out how Monsieur Saguette uses his imagination to transform a baguette into something extraordinary.
  • Take a French cooking class to learn how to make French bread.
  • Treat a cooking friend to a dough couche, a cotton pastry proofing cloth designed for baking French Bread baguettes.  
  • Buy a loaf of French bread and use it to soak up the gravy in your favorite beef stew.

If you have enjoyed learning about French bread, check out our post on the history of hot cross buns, a fascinating and traditional Easter bread with its own national day!

Using French bread in recipesLoaves of French bread

Another day to celebrate French Bread Day is National Homemade Soup Day. After all, nothing is better with soup than French Bread!

French bread is a very versatile bread. You can use it in both sweet and savory dishes. They make a great base for bread pudding and a wonderful accompaniment to a bowl of French onion soup.

Slice your loaf of French bread into thick slices and garlic, butter, basil and parsley for your own home made crusty garlic bread.

A loaf of French bread makes a great base for party appetizers.  Just add some olive oil and bake the slices in the oven and add your favorite toppings. See these cranberry and pecan crudites for a tasty example.

Take a thick slab of French bread and turn it into an extraordinary BLT sandwich by adding bacon, avocado and Colby Jack cheese.

Toast some slices of french bread, and add a cool topping like this 3 ingredient cranberry relish for a mixture of textures and temperatures! If you love cranberries, make sure to check out our cranberry facts too.

Turn half a slice of French bread into a pizza by adding pizza sauce, some cheese and Canadian bacon then toasting the bread in the oven. 

See other recipes for Canadian bacon day here.

Turn French bread into a pizza

Short on time and the dinner hour is here? If you don’t have time to make a home made pizza crust, just use chunks of French bread as the base. You can print out a recipe below.

There are close to 2000 national days in the year, and almost 300 of them are celebrated in March.

If you like to do puzzles, be sure to check out my March word search printable. It features several of the national days of the month in a fun word find puzzle.

For some more foodie inspired national days this month, check out these days:

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If you would like a reminder of this recipe for French bread pizzas, just pin this image to one of your foodie boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Watch our YouTube video to learn about more national food days in March.This French bread pizza is easy to make for those nights when you don't have time to make a pizza crust.

Yield: 4 pizzas

French Bread Pizzas

French bread pizza

Turn a loaf of French Bread into pizzas with this easy recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 loaf of French Bread, cut in half and then opened up
  • 1/2 cup of Pizza sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 pound of lean ground beef, cooked
  • 16 slices of pepperoni, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of Italian herbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 450º F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Slice the loaf of French bread in half and then down the middle making four pieces.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce over the bread.
  5. Top with Italian herbs, Mozzarella and the other toppings.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven.
  7. Enjoy

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 609Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1170mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 38g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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