Le Péché Gourmand Boulangerie – Patisserie is a French bakery-pastry shop in the heart of the Goldfields in Creswick, Victoria. Creswick is at the opening of the Macedon Ranges, a short 10 minute drive from Ballarat, 15 minutes drive from the historic town of Clunes where gold was first found in Victoria, 20 minutes from the mineral springs of Hepburn and Daylesford, and the wineries of the Pyrenees.
The name “Le Péché Gourmand” comes from the translation of the “sin of gluttony”. We wanted to emphasize the French influence in our products as well as the notion of pleasure. In French it is actually something good to have a “ Péché Gourmand”. This usually means your favourite food, something you can’t resist, especially if you weren’t hungry anymore. It really emphasize the pleasure of eating something that will transcend all your senses. In French, “gourmandise” is opposed to “gloutonnerie” (gluttony) by the meaning of pleasure.
We both have worked in the food industry for over 20 years and have also travelled throughout North America and Europe. In addition, Marie being French, had an extensive knowledge of this great tradition of theirs which is boulangerie-patisserie. Traditionally, bread is the main ingredient of a lot of different cultures mainly European. You can also see the importance of bread with some slangs, for example, the word “companion” is the Latin translation of “with bread”. We also attribute the development of “pain au levain” to the Gauls by using the foam skimmed from beer as yeast, and then retaining a piece of the dough to be reused the following day with the new dough. It is how you hear nowadays of “sourdough” starter as old as 100 years old.
We wanted to share this passion for food we both have with bringing you a new perspective and also enjoy and share this tradition. We do use traditional methods and classic recipes. We do “reuse” the dough, our philosophy is about creating and baking products from scratch daily that taste and look beautiful, honouring traditional recipes, using local and seasonal ingredients. We bake on a small scale to allow us to be as hands on as possible. We pride ourselves on consistently providing a product of excellence
We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do preparing it.