Spurred by the success of gingerbread houses, French nobles built hundreds of pastry fortresses, only to find that both sides ate their crêpe battle defenses during delicious combat. Build pastry castles in your stomach with today's Groupon: for $4, you get a dozen madeleine tea-time cookies at Madeleines Bakehouse, which sets up shop at three farmers’ markets throughout Fort Wayne. This Groupon expires in two months.
Madeleines Bakehouse takes its inspiration from the French treat known as a madeleine—a shell-shaped cake with a buttery crust and sponge-like texture. Originating in the city of Commercy in the 18th century, madeleines earned their name when a girl named Madeleine baked a batch that made it to the mouth of Louis XV's wife, who shared them with a loveable stray who would later win the world's heart by starring in Homeward Bound. This deal gets you a dozen of these majestic pastries, superb for dunking into an afternoon tea or submerging into your backyard pool of chocolate. Madeleines Bakehouse uses local and organic eggs in all of its recipes—including banana bread, coffee cake, and chocolate bouchon—ensuring high levels of vitamins and a soft richness.
Stop by the Madeleines Bakehouse booth while browsing the local produce at the farmers’ market. On Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Fort Wayne, peruse the Barr Street Market to have your pick of fresh fruits, handcrafted jewelry, and Madeleines’ madeleines. Taste a bit of French history without having to eat your copy of Les Misérables with today's Groupon.