It means…bastard! You most certainly guessed right. And who else to give some of the tastiest bread on earth a mean ol’ name than the French? Bâtardes are similar to baguettes, but about half the length, rounder in shape and flat on the top and bottom. If that doesn’t sound particularly illegitimate to you either, our theory is that this dubious offspring of France’s baguette-love simply didn’t poke far enough out of the ubiquitous French grocery bag to be sketched by street artists and sold as postcards.
While the French typically enjoy their jambon-fromage on baguettes sliced lengthwise, those who wish to expand their crust-to-dough ratio on sandwich slices might want to inquire with that bâtarde over there.
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