Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Paris: Poilane

While I was in Paris, I was honored to be able to tour the world-famous bakery, Poilane on rue du Cherche-Midi. What a thrill to see the baker pull these Punitions (delicate butter cookies) from the wood-burning oven in the basement. Pierre Poilane (founder of Poilane in 1932) used to tell the story of his grandmother and how she would call her grandchildren to her side for a reprimand (punishment in French, punitions) and then instead surprise them with one of these sweet treats. They are just delicious and the perfect cookie to enjoy with a cup of tea.

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