Navettes de Marseille are simple boat-shaped Provençal cookies scented with orange blossom water. They’re a delicious treat at any time and, as they’re quite firm, they’re often served with coffee, sweet wine or a glass of pastis de Marseille such as Ricard. The word ‘navette’ comes from the Latin nāvis meaning ‘ship’ and navette biscuits are said to be shaped to symbolise the boat that brought the three Marys (Magdalene, Salome and Clopas) to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer on the Camargue coast of Provence. Navettes are sometimes part of the 13 sweets that appear on the Provençal Christmas table and are always eaten in Provence on Candlemas (2 February) while the rest of France is eating crêpes (see video below).
Makes 12 pieces
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