As we drove around the countryside near Fougerolles, we kept seeing signs for Foire aux Beignets de Cerises, the Fair of the Cherry Doughnuts.  We had to go!  So off we went in the early morning.

The first sight of course is the church steeple with those marvelous Burgundian tiles.  I shared photos of the cemetery, which you can see in the foreground, in a Thursday Doors post.

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We weren’t the only ones heading into town.

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There were a number of vendors set up or setting up along the streets, selling a variety of goods (and not-so-goods).

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We were too early for the doughnuts (but in time for an excellent parking place), so we wandered for a bit, marking some stalls to which we might return, and of course, bakeries.  At the far end of on street, we came upon this wonderful scene, men baking bread in a moveable oven heated by fire!

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That’s a lot of dough.

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The bread smelled delicious and was for sale.

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In France, there’s always time for a coffee break as the doughnuts weren’t ready yet.  We weren’t the only ones taking a break.

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Then finally I had a doughnut/beignet full of cherries.  There are plenty for you, too, and not too sweet.  Beware, though!  The cherry are not pitted and you wouldn’t want to break a tooth.

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for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. Leya says:

    A lovely day! Love that moveable oven – and I can feel the warm air from the bread. Aren’t the French so special!

  2. ksbeth says:

    i love the bread oven and love the reason for the festival – cue the cherry donuts

  3. Love market day in a village. Everything fresh, locally sourced. The pastry looks divine.

    • There was a lot of just tourist kind of stuff, but also many interesting and beautiful things. The pastry was good and then there was the bread. That’s even more appealing to me than pastry most of the time. However, with all the bakeries we visited, I managed to also eat a number of non-bread things. The best part is that pastries there aren’t very sweet, just enough to be tasty. More to my taste than the over-the-top sweets most places in the States.


  4. marianallen says:

    That dog is adorable! You can keep your unpitted cherries–I’ll have one of those loaves of bread and eat it all myself! OM nomnomnomnom!

  5. Yum! Those darn pits! When eating Greek one must be aware that the olives are usually not pitted either.

    It’s been so long since I’ve had a beignet.

    • These aren’t like the beignets I’ve had in the US, although I’ve only had one or two. As for olives or cherries with pits, they’re rather good, just so you know the pits are there. Otherwise, of course, it’s the pits. 🙂

  6. restlessjo says:

    I have a bit of a thing for cherries, and these look gorgeous! And yes- I’ll mind the stones 🙂 🙂 Thanks, Janet!

    • Fougerolles is known for all things cherry and all I’ve tasted have ranged from good to outstanding. 🙂 Have to keep tasting every time I go back, of course, just to be on top of the quality control issue.

  7. Delicious post and a cute French dog!

  8. Lignum Draco says:

    I would gladly take the risk of eating unpitted cherries in that beignet. What a great local french experience. Now, I’m starting to have a yearning for France again. 🙂

  9. Dan Antion says:

    Oh that bread! And the pie, mmmmm they look so good. I think I know why the dog looks happy.

    • I wanted to get an entire loaf of that bread and just start eating it right there! I don’t know if dogs are happy when their owners dress them up, but s/he certainly looked cute, although I personally would never put clothes or a hat on a dog. 🙂

      • Dan Antion says:

        Our first dog seemed to like being dressed. We have pictures of her in one of my down vests, and also in a flannel shirt. No other dog has tolerated clothing.

  10. What a wonderful day. Your photos take us right along with you.

    • I’m glad you could come along, Allan. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it was a blast. They had a parade later, I think, but we were gone by then.

  11. joey says:

    I’m sorry, but I went Oooh and got all star-eyed at the bread in the oven. What else did you write?!? 😛

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