The country cookie factory
In the heart of the Drôme, in the surrounding countryside of Valence, it took us to set course for the Vercors and it was there, in a village just a stone's throw from the mountains that we discovered Pascale.
We set the scene, it is exactly the country house where we would like to put our suitcases. The little house on a road that leads nowhere but where after a while on your right you find an imposing building with a cottage littered with flowers and fruit trees. It is in these last buildings that we will push the door. We fell under the charm of the cookie store (True!).
A career transition
A native of the Beaujolais region, Pascale put down her bags and established her little family in the Drôme. Initially employed, she made cakes and cookies for her colleagues and quickly became the reference in pastry making. Wishing to be consistent with her family priorities and live her passion for pastry fully, she decided to take a training course and quit her job.
Diploma in hand and reassured about her pastry bases and techniques, she launched her activity with the sole aim of making artisanal cookies with organic ingredients in order to rediscover the taste of yesteryear. Pascale opens her workshop at home and then renovates the small house of their farmhouse to open a store.
A taste of yesteryear
When we met, we barely had time to ring the bell when Pascale came out of her house with her dog to meet us. She pushed open the door of this small store, beautifully decorated and warm. On the shelves, the little packages are proudly displayed, ready to be taken away by the gourmands. But it was out of the question to go to the cash register without having discovered the products in order to make the right choice. And it's on a large solid wood table, the one we used to have in the past for family lunches or winter dinners, that we discover several jars protecting the little sweet wonders. It is difficult to stop during the tasting because the products have a taste that reminds us of the memories. The agreements are perfect and the dosages just right. It's complicated to make the choice so we took almost everything.
Free of flavors and essential oils, the cookies are handcrafted in Pascale's workshop. All by herself to make her recipes, she offers a wide range of cupcakes such as almond shortcakes, lemon shortbread, Breton shortbread,chocolate-filled shortbread, and raspberry, palm trees, the nut trees and the coco, or the oatmeal trees.
And why don't you come around?
Drôme is the place where one inevitably stops either because one is stuck in traffic jams or to taste wine (Crozes-hermitage, Hermitage and Brézème) or chocolate (Valrhona). As the department with the largest number of organic farmers, it is a pleasure to walk through the villages while tasting the exquisite fruits of the surrounding orchards. The Vercors mountains offer a great playground for walkers and for those who want to relax on the heights with the music of the stags in the background. Ideal for sports activities, you can enjoy canoeing in the Drôme river, you can overcome your fear of heights in climbing and via-ferrata, or you can ride a mountain bike through the forests. Of course we can't finish without tasting the typical dishes such as ravioles (pasta filled with goat cheese), caillette (pork pie with herbs), Picodon (goat cheese) and pogne (orange blossom brioche).