1939 was a difficult year for France. Not only did it experience the indignity of an invasion on its North East border from Hitler’s hordes late in the year, the country suffered a very different incursion in its far South-West in the early months of the year.

Gloriously rich and buttery (don’t think about the calories!) brioche is a versatile dough which can be used to make sweet rolls, burger buns, the classic brioche à têtes or parisiennes or the beautifully domed brioche Nanterre. 

You may already know that the donkey is the symbol of Catalonia, French and Spanish, whilst the bull is the unofficial national symbol of Spain, but do you know how it all started?

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