First of all, I’d like to thank Brigitte, Jean-Claude, Caroline, and Vincent for their gracious hospitality in Provence. They went out of their way to make sure that our family experienced the best of the area, and we are all extremely grateful. They will be to thank for all of my posts (and beautiful pictures) featuring Provence…
Bechard is the oldest bakery in Aix en Provence, having opened a century ago. I tried a few things on the afternoon that we went, but as you’ll see in the pictures, I barely scratched the surface of all they have to offer… and I didn’t even take pictures of the breads and chocolates that they had in the display cases that lined the other wall of the salesroom. It’s a beautiful bakery, and worth seeking out to marvel at.
My favorite was the pastry on the upper right, which had alternating crispy and creamy layers full of a rich chocolate orange flavor.
The baba au rhum was also very nice, if a bit moist. That was good, though, b/c I had no utensils, and it had to be eaten jello shot-style.
The Figue had something like a custard wrapped in marzipan, and was also good.
Glace pumpkins! That still amazes me, and I wonder what they’re like.
Aix is known for Calissons. They’re traditionally made of ground almonds, candied melon and orange peel, and sugar sandwiched between a wafer on the bottom and royal icing on top.