Photographer's Note

Looking through this shop-window, I thought it was the entire town of Pont-Aven summarized in a single reflection : a shop of the famous biscuits, and an exhibition of paintings in one of the many galleries...


In line with traditional Breton cooking, the cookies of Pont-Aven are the pride and joy of Breton pastry-making. Pont-Aven's main line of business was the processing of grain, thanks to the many watermills that lined the river Aven. The cookies of Pont-Aven date back to 1890, when Isidore Penven took over the family bakery from his father. He had started to develop thin and crispy cookies from wheat flour, fresh butter, sugar, and eggs, but died in 1914.
His widower Francine set off with her new husband, Alexis Le Villain, to make these flat round cookies the company's main product. They named their cookies the Galettes de Pont-Aven and then the thicker ones Traou Mad (which in the regional Breton language means "good things").
These two related businesses earned the city the distinction of "Outstanding Site for Taste". You can visit both companies and leave with a sample pack of cookies in your pocket.

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