Pros: A unique and special cookie, made in France
Cons: Hard to find in the States, and expensive when you do find them
Once upon a time I had the supreme pleasure if visiting and staying on Mont.St. Michel, in Northern France, I tend to say that the Mont in located in Brittany, but then the Normans in Normandy object
so I just say, this is a place not to be missed, should the opportunity arise...during our visit we stayed at the most famous Hotel there, La Mere Poulard, a hotel with quite a history for gastronomic food, thanks to the talented women and chef who married a bakers son from the Mont, Victor Poulard, at the young age of about 20...this was just about the time Mont. St. Michel reopened to the world after its dreaded history of being used as a prison during the French revolution.
Things certainly changed on Mont. St. Michel from that time on especially when this famous inn opened it's doors in 1888...since that time, as word spread about the new Inn, as well as the food being prepared there, pilgrims and food lovers alike flocked to the Mont in order to taste the delicious cuisine of Mere Poulard, as they were welcomed into the inn to savor the food that came out of her kitchen she came up with many recipes and food preparations which made her very famous. One of them, the Omelet. Yes, this egg confection was invented by Madam Poulard and well, the rest is history, as far as eggs are concerned .As you walk from the Inn to the village or the restaurant just next door, you hear that sound of the beaters whipping up the froth that will be on some lucky persons plate in just a few minutes I was one of those lucky people and I will never forget that fluffy delicious Omelet and the ambiance of this most special, historic place.
She also loved to bake and discovered a new kind of cookie, called a Breton galette, a butter like shortbread cookie only thinner and crispier than what we are used to now. I would say a combination of a cookie and biscuit. These sweet, buttery cookies are made with fresh butter and eggs without any preservatives or additives, with only a shelf life of 12 months, to attest to that profound way of baking fresh ingredients!!
On our walk though the town we entered many shops and nearly every one was selling the La Mere Poulard French Butter Cookies of many different varieties, some had chocolate chips, others were chocolate, some had nuts, there were boxes of assorted flavors and the newest version were called Palets, which were a bit thicker then the original galette .well, since we had a car and could bring as many as we liked with us for munching on during the rest of the trip we purchased about 6 boxes to try the different varieties...each one was a delightful bite of France and with just the right melt in your mouth delicious taste.
I have since found them in specialty gourmet stores and though a bit expensive, I have been known to splurge occasionally since I love to dip them in milk but they are perfect with tea or coffee yes, a taste of France in a cookie what a special treat.
Lean and Mean write-off...Come join the fun!
As well as the Food for Food write off..a worthy cause
I guess I'll also add this cookie to my French write-off to be found here since it is a favorite of mine