I ADORE Poilâne. Aside from their enormous, round loaves of bread, I love their walnut rolls (I buy one every morning on my way to work) and think they have the best viennoiseries (croissants, pains au chocolat, etc.) in Paris. If you missed the story that aired on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday (see video above), I highly recommend taking a minute, or six, to watch it. The clips with Lionel Poilâne reaffirm everything we love about French boulangeries. Plus, it features the delightful doyenne of baking, Dorie Greenspan.
Almost exactly a year ago, I visited Poîlane’s minute basement kitchen and wrote this blog post, Behind the scenes at Poilâne bakery, featuring photos of one of their master bakers in action. Yesterday, I started receiving many new comments on the post.
To clarify: I am in no way affiliated with Poilâne — I’m just an ardent fan who was lucky enough to visit the kitchen. Alas, I can’t put you in touch with the owner, Appolonia, or ship you boxes of “punitions,” or sugar cookies (I wish I could!). Nor, do I know how to order Poilâne bread from overseas. Though I did do a quick check of
their website, which seemed to indicate they do not ship to the United States.
I can tell you this:
1) If you are visiting Paris and wish to stop by this delightful haven of baked goods, they have two locations, one at 15 bd de Grenelle, 75015, the other at 8 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006.
2) You will not regret a trip to Poilâne.
P.S. Read the backstory of the footage with Lionel Poilâne, who died in a helicopter accident in 2002, and Dorie Greenspan on Dorie’s blog.