If you visited Ô Bon Pain before the festive season, you'll have noticed a change in the shop window... Since the end of November, Louvat's sweet treats have invaded the bakery's shelves, even offering Advent Calendars to help you wait for Christmas. 2024 is here, and it's finally time to present Biscuiterie Louvat in the style it deserves!
The Biscuiterie Louvat
Founded in 1954 by Maurice Louvat, the biscuit factory is nestled at the foot of the Alps in a factory on a human scale. Behind the scenes, a team of small hands work with care and passion to create quality products for gourmets like you and us!
After the health crisis, Christelle Ivangine Bogey longed for a return to simplicity and a human touch. Driven by her ambition, she bought the biscuit factory and modernised it, giving it a new image in line with current expectations and closer to Louvat customers.
Sweet... and savory treats!
The Louvat teams work hard every day to create new recipes, some of them original, but always tasty. Having tasted them, the products are all excellent, but a selection had to be made in the bakery...
At Ô Bon Pain, you can find the famous meringues en gouttes Louvat. The recipe is simple: 24% free-range Rhône-Alpes egg whites, homemade icing sugar to avoid the starch found in industrial products and a pinch of salt! Strawberry, blueberry, lemon or orange, all the flavours are natural and made with 95% fruit. The same goes for the colourings: although Le Pélican uses more technical terms, we're talking about ingredients with colouring properties (IPC) made from fruit, vegetables and plants.
There are also palets made with almond powder and natural flavourings. Like meringues, they have very few ingredients: egg yolk, almond powder, sugar and flour. The aim was to create a simple little biscuit that could be dipped in tea if you wished, or eaten as is. Available in 80g and 100g for those with a sweet tooth ;)
Christelle's little tip: To impress your guests, make instant burgers by placing a little whipped cream on one puck and then covering it with a second for a gourmet bite.
Back to childhood with glasses made with jam or spread produced 5 km from the company and without any nasty palm oil. All made by hand, they are perforated and sprinkled with icing sugar by the Louvat teams to remind you of snacks at Grandma and Grandpa's and to brighten up your little Pelicans' school outings. For something crunchier and more exotic, try coconut, walnut or rum-raisin rochers.
And when it's time for an aperitif, Louvat also offers you its aperitif biscuits! Beaufort, Parmesan or wild garlic, there's something for everyone.
Le Pélican had the opportunity to discover Louvat's manufacturing secrets during a privileged visit (but open to the public! Just go to their website) and spoiler alert: everything is top-notch because Louvat shares many values in common with the house.
The ingredients used are sourced as much as possible in France, from local farmers and craftsmen; the Beaufort comes from the Beaufortain cellar, and the flour comes from the Moulins du Bions, 40 km from the biscuit factory.
Product quality is an essential criterion for Louvat, who have recently moved upmarket with their flour, switching from T55/65 flour (as found in the shops) to T80 and T110 in order to have more fibre in the biscuits. Beyond the pleasure, it's always preferable to have a sweet with interesting nutritional values.
Just like our teams, the biscuit factory pays close attention to the seasonal nature of its products. Red berries are harvested in summer and ground into powder for use throughout the year in Louvat recipes. On the other hand, when there is a shortage, the factory adapts, and if there are no strawberries in winter, then orange palets will be produced! They'll simply harvest more the following summer.
Finally, there's no waste at Louvat! The overcooked 'misses' are sold at a discount at the biscuit factory. Christelle tells us that they're still very good and go like hotcakes the same day...
Le Pélican's favorite > The company takes all the crumbs, meringue chips and surplus, dips them in a bath of salted butter caramel and covers them with milk chocolate to create a unique creation: l'Indécent. A biscuit that's 100% anti-waste and 100% delicious!
If Le Pélican has made your mouth water, you know what you have to do... Find Louvat and his delicious products at the hotel's bakery, Ô Bon Pain.