Since its opening in December 2010, Vergennes Laundry has become a hotspot for locals, with its flaky croissants, tarts made with local tomatoes, fennel and other seasonal vegetables and loaves of bread straight from the oven in the afternoons.
One of the standout items on the menu is the Petits Pots a l'Absinthe, which are light, creamy, imbued with licorice flavor and topped with fresh berries. They come in small white cups with accordingly small spoons, which make the experience last all that much longer.
A photo of these diminuitive desserts features prominently in an October Food and Wine magazine article, which profiles owner Julianne Jones and her store, offering three recipes direct from the bakery oven.
Writer Kristin Donnelly heaps glowing praise on Jones's confections:
"It is remarkable that Jones never trained at all in France, considering how well she has mastered the toughest French-style pastries. Even her cannelés, small Bundt cake–shaped desserts that take three days to complete, are perfect."
Have you tried Vergennes Laundry? What's your favorite thing on the menu?