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Have you heard of nonnettes, delicious cakes of jam-filled spiced breads?
The result of centuries-old traditional knowledge, they are today among the essentials of our sweet range. Discover all the secrets of this speciality from Dijon, with Catherine, our expert on the subject.

 
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What is a nonnette, speciality from Dijon?

We have specialised in making spiced breads for over 220 years. The nonnettes is part of this family because it is still made of a circle of spiced bread, filled with jam and covered with icing sugar.
The first nonnettes were made in the Middle Ages. Their name refers to the nuns who made them in the monasteries. At that time, people sought nourishing, filling products. The recipe was gradually improved over time. It has become sweeter, with the addition of new fragrances. We have also expanded the range with mini-nonnettes.
The small size goes better with todays’ consumer expectations. It is easy to carry around and can easily replace a dessert or accompany a snack.

 

What was the origin of the range of nonnettes at La Grande Épicerie de Paris?

I had a meeting at the outset of the project. In 2015, I got to know Angela, responsible for the launch of the La Grande Épicerie de Paris own brand. Together, we wanted to develop the product, which already knew great success in the store. It corresponded well with the bias of La Grande Épicerie de Paris, showcasing French regional specialities.
The development of the range, of course, meant reaching more customers, and bringing nonnettes to the Parisians!

 
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Which are the iconic flavours, that must absolutely be tried?

Historically, nonnettes were filled with orange. At the time, it was an exotic, luxury fruit, whose tangy notes went well with spiced breads. Today, we have 9 flavours, from mirabelle to caramel with blends like apple and cinnamon. 3 mini-nonnettes also complete the range.

 

How do you make the nonnettes for La Grande Épicerie de Paris?

Nonnettes are made artisanally, respecting the historic methods and recipes. First we make a “mother dough”, of flour, honey and sugar. This rests for 15 days before making it a “worked dough”, also used to make our spiced breads. Then, we add complementary ingredients, such as egg yolks, and we divide the dough into small moulds. They bake for about 15 minutes, enough time to inflate and obtain their moist texture. Then they are garnished, iced and left to rest for about 30 minutes before being wrapped. We favour the use of local and national produce.

 
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Have you any advice for enjoying nonnettes from La Grande Épicerie de Paris?

Nonnettes can be eaten for breakfast. They keep well, because the dough contains no fat. They are also rich with honey, reputed for its natural preservative properties.
The spiced breads can also go with a savoury recipe. The dough can be re-used to garnish a small glass of fish or vegetables. As an aperitif, I have realised that cheese on toasted slivers of spiced breads is simply excellent!

 
 
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Made with wheat flour and honey, caramel nonnettes have a soft caramel centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
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Delicious, moist cakes filled with raspberry jam. Made by a family business, these are a real treat and perfect for a daytime snack. They date back to the Middle Ages, when they were made by nuns.
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Made with wheat flour and honey, these lemon nonnettes have a soft lemon centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
€5.50
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With a soft heart of apricot jam, these mini-nonnettes with easily satisfy gourmets of all ages. A real treat to enjoy with tea or a cool drink. These mini-nonnettes are a speciality from Bourgogne and were made originally by nuns, hence their name.
€7.60
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Made with wheat flour and honey, blueberry nonnettes have a soft blueberry jam centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
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Made with wheat flour and honey, apricot nonnettes have a soft apricot jam centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
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Selected by La Grande Épicerie de Paris, the moist cakes are made by a historic family business with a long tradition of making gingerbread, near Dijon. This recipe is embellished with a heart of mirabelle jam, making these sweet treats even more delicious.
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Made with wheat flour and honey, blackcurrant nonnettes have a soft blackcurrant jam centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
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Made with wheat flour and honey, raspberry nonnettes have a soft raspberry jam centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
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Made with wheat flour and honey, marmalade nonnettes have a soft marmalade centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
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Selected by La Grande Épicerie de Paris, these mini-nonnettes are made by a historic family business with a long tradition of making gingerbread. These sweet treats are a delight, filled with orange jam. A delight to enjoy with a good cup of tea or coffee.
€7.60
190 g (40,00 € / kg)
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Made with wheat flour and honey, apple and cinnamon nonnettes have a soft apple and cinnamon centre that will revive the gustatory memories of older folk and awaken the little ones’ taste buds.
€5.50
200 g (27,50 € / kg)
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