A traditional biscuit factory
at Lonlay l’Abbaye
Located in the middle of a village of 1200 inhabitants that is famous for its 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, the biscuit factory offers a free guided tour of its kitchens all year round.
On this Wednesday in March we set out with the children to explore the biscuit factory. Mathilde welcomed us at the entrance and we put on our white coats and hats to ensure everything stayed hygienic and safe. The children were amused by the clothing but were also impatient to get into the kitchens.
“Once upon a time, the biscuit factory was very different from this one,” told us our guide. The first sablés were made in 1909 in a bakery in the village. Between two batches of bread, Virgile Fouilleul was in the habit of cooking sablés that each weighed a kilo in a wood-fired oven, which were then sent to the soldiers at the front.
When he died, his son-in-law Georges Latour took over the bakery. Called up during the Second World War, he decided on his return to start making Sablés Normands in order to relaunch his business. His wife gave him her father’s recipe and the Sablé de l’Abbaye was born!