You might not expect to find an authentic french bakery in a small, rural town in Northwestern Connecticut. Nonetheless, that is exactly what you will find when you visit Ovens of France bakery in Woodbury, the town that holds the title “Antique Capital of Connecticut.”
Walking up to the bakery, the first thing you will see is a small covered patio. In the center is a large rustic table and a few chairs. Outside the door is a painted wooden cutout representing the quintessential French pastry chef. A screen door opens into the bakery. Immediately, you are enveloped in the comforting scent of warm bread baking to crispy perfection, the zest of fresh lemons, and…something chocolatey!
A case displays every classic pastry delight imaginable, from cakes, to single serving meringue pies, even hand made french macarons. Each of these treats looks more enticing than the last, but the star product I am told upon inquiring of the server behind the counter, is the hand made croissant. While many bakeries offer croissants, a disappointingly small percentile of these actually make croissants by hand.
While we all know we love the taste of fresh, buttery croissants, few of us know how they are actually made. This painstaking process, called laminatin, involves creating uniformly thick sheets of butter, freezing them, nestling these sheets inside pastry dough, folding it over, re-rolling, repeating. And repeating and repeating for twelve separate layers.
Croissants are incredibly time consuming and difficult to make. It takes a great deal of knowledge and expertise to become proficient at pastry lamination. These factors alone make Oven of France’s homemade croissants very impressive. Never to be outdone, they take things a step further. In addition to the traditional croissants, the buttery, flaky, croissants that you thought really could not be improved upon, they offer croissants baked with a combination of ham and artisan french cheese. Or, for those with a sweet tooth, with a schmear of dark chocolate, or almond frangipane batter in the center.
Ovens of France offers an arresting variety of product in an environment rich with endearing French countryside style and charm. In addition to the absolutely phenomenal croissants mentioned above, they also offers authentic French macarons, ganache cakes, quiche, loaves of bread, muffins, cookies, and seasonal pies and tarts. They have a fine, imported cheese selection from around the world. They have a wonderful selection of coffee and tea. They curate a selection of relishes and jams for sale, and they make home made soup. The flavor changes every day, and the cup of soup, of course, is accompanied by fresh baked bread.
http://www.ovensoffrancect.mymobisite.us // 203-263-2540