Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Les Gavottes

A very Breton biscuit is celebrating its ninetieth birthday this year. Les Gavottes are made of crispy crepes; my favourites are coated with chocolate.

The first Gavottes were made in Quimper in 1920, and although the business has expanded from one woman's bakery to a large business now based in Dinan the recipe has remained unchanged. Legend has it that in 1886 a forgotten crepe was rescued from the fire at the last minute by one Marie Thérèse Cornic, folded up and reborn as a gavotte. A few decades later, commercial production would begin and the rest is, well, history.

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