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Snapshots from France: Nutty Sweets and Biscuits from Brittany

While traveling through northwest France, I was on the hunt for new, nutty discoveries in Brittany. Strolling through the tiny historic tourist village of Rochefort en Terre, I stumbled upon a tiny shop, L'Art Gourmand, and was blown away by all the nutastic treats. Almost every nut is represented here: almonds, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, even humble pignolis, not to mention one of the largest, most playful assortments of marzipan I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of marzipan). Puppies, dinos, bunnies, pigs, and an assortment of fruits—all in marzipan form. More

Snapshots from Dijon: Torsade Flammande from Boulangerie Paul

This is a breadstick that will surely haunt my dreams, and perhaps one worth even attempting to replicate at home. Imagine a torpedo-shaped roll of the best quality—open-textured, chewy, crusty French bread—then stud that bread with oozing pockets of melted emmenthal and salty nuggets or mimolette, the cantaloupe-shaped cheese from Lille. Sharp and salty, with a Parmesan-like texture, mimolette is colored bright-orange with annatto and has a mottled surface that's been treated with cheese mites introduced to add their distinct hazelnut-scented aroma. More

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