There are few things that taste as good as something fresh out of the oven. Especially if they are carbohydrate rich items. Cookies, cake, and oh yes....bread.
In this case, these so-called mini baguettes are really just breadsticks in disguise. These are small. So keep in mind when you buy these there are six in the package.
Unlike other French items like the croissants, these do not require any time to rise. Just pop them in the oven and go.
And besides who doesn't love breadsticks?
If these are sold out, then there is a pretty comparable product on store shelves: Trader Joe's parbaked ficelles. It's in the fresh bread aisle and quite honestly it is quite good as well. And it can be frozen for later use.
But the taste here is all fresh-baked because these are essentially parbaked. All these require of you is about 4-6 minutes in the oven and you have a solid little breadstick.
Now, in terms of it reminding me of French bread, there were some gaps. These seemed much paler in color than a normal loaf of french bread when removed from the oven at the appropriate time.
These are even a bit paler than the package might have you believe. Unfortunately, these did disappear right out of the oven in my household so no finished pictures were taken.
Not a bad thing either. And trust me, they pair really well with the New Zealand Grass Fed Butter as well. But if all you have is regular butter, French Cultured Butter, or some of Trader Joe's Olive oil then those will work as well.
If you aren't a butter fan, then you can always use these to sop up pretty much any sauce from your plate.
But these little sticks aren't overly crusty on the outside. The inside is nice and tender and the bread overall is light and soft.
So perhaps if you are craving that crunch on the outside it might be better to let these bake a few extra minutes in the oven.
For $3.99 for six sticks isn't a bad deal. Bread is pretty cheap to make at home, but if you are over the idea of making bread at home then this is a worthy alternative.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Mini French Baguettes again, but more than likely I'll look for the par baked loaves first.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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Trader Joe's Mini French Baguettes
Product Name: Trader Joe's Mini French Baguettes
Product Description: Trader Joe's Mini French Baguettes are new and delicious.
Trader Joe's Mini French Baguettes are new, frozen, and delicious.
- Tasty and simple to make
- Minimal effort
- No overnight rising required
- Not as crusty as traditional French bread.
- They are more breadsticks than mini loaves.