If you type “Sur Le Pouce” in Google Maps, don’t be surprised if you are referred to a restaurant in France. The Perrysburg Bakery shares its name with a store in Paris and the flavors you can find at the local Sur Le Pouce capture that Parisian taste. The store, named after the French phrase “have a quick bite or snack” (literally translated as “to eat on the go”), is tucked away inside Super Suppers on Ft. Meigs Road in Perrysburg, and offers all sorts of sweet and doughy delights, from cookies to croissants.
Nathalie Cottier, owner and baker, is originally from the south of France and runs the bakery according to a motto: “If I want to eat them, I have to make them”. All the pastries and pastries she makes are French specialties that she misses at home or challenges herself. With new treats being added all the time, you’re bound to be satisfied with this French bakery.
Beginnings of bread baking
Sur Le Pouce starts with bread. Loaves of French bread, wheat and rosemary are available, ready to slice or partially baked with instructions on how to finish them at home. Breads are a great way to start a journey with French baking and that’s how the business started.
Cottier explained how she got the idea for the bread; Once, while planning a surprise party for her husband, she realized that she would need to bake some bread. But if she did it at home, he would suspect something. Wanting to keep the bread’s hot and fresh quality a secret, Cottier went to a neighbor’s house to partially bake the bread, then quickly finished it in the oven while her husband enjoyed the feast.
This experience led Cottier to create Sur Le Pouce in 2016, and she has been expanding her line of pastries ever since. White bread, his first creation, is the number one reason to visit this bakery. The bread is light and fluffy, with a distinctive taste that is enhanced when eaten fresh from the oven. Adding butter or jam can definitely make it better, but it’s absolutely delicious on its own.
A round of treats
The bakery is not limited to breads. Driven by her childhood taste memories, Cottier offers various bakery products. Buttery flaky croissants, including a variety filled and filled with almonds, are truly a baking treat. Cottier has several other items she is currently working on. The cream inside the macaron is a highlight, along with a chocolate filled brioche and a chocolate chip almond cookie. Another French pastry classic, pain au chocolat, is a delight with crescent-shaped layers surrounding dense dark chocolate.
The shop also offers kouign-amann, a puff pastry that is a sweet cousin of the croissant. While a croissant is made up of layers of dough with butter, kouign-amann adds sugar to the layers, creating a thick consistency inside. It’s an amazing treat and another reason to visit Sur Le Pouce to enjoy the local French patisserie.
On the Go
25661 Charr. Meigs Road, Ste. C, Perrysburg.