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Sunday, October 9th, 2011

PÂTISSERIE / CONFISERIE/ SALON DE THÉ

Pâtisserie Jouvaud

CARPENTRAS

40 Rue de l’Evêché
84200 Carpentras
04 90 63 15 38

Among the various food attractions of Carpentas, Jouvaud probably shares first place with the Friday market. It is one of those pâtisseries that seems to do everything well and it probably always has – from crumbling outsize meringues, seriously good handmade chocolates and some of the best fruits confits in the Vaucluse to divine pastries, artisan ice-cream and exquisite wrappings. In a word: classy.

Torchbearer for the third generation, Pierre Jouvaud explains that the company was fortunate to take over the premises and know-how of the wellknown old Confiserie Bono for their preserved fruits – perpetuating an important Carpentras tradition. The method is time-consuming with at least eight spaced-out poaching sessions in syrup which eventually becomes so thick through evaporation that it can barely move. ‘The trick is to avoid making jam,’ Pierre says. Strawberries come from Carpentras, apricots from Le Barroux, figs from the Var and mandarins from Corsica.

But these days the other sides of the business are important too. Last time I saw him he was off to supervise the creation of 4,000 petits choux for a dozen weddings.

For more information about the Vaucluse visit www.provenceguide.co.uk

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