Nonnettes Of Dijon

Hello everyone!

I am sure that all of you have heard of Dijon before and it was probably because of its mustard. Well Dijon is also well known for its gingerbread and especially its very popular store named Mulot et Petit Jean that sells a wonderful selection of gingerbreads. Les nonnettes was named after the nuns that were originally making it and selling it to travelers. Shaped like little muffins, this gingerbread is made with a mix of white flour and dark rye flour and is filled with a sweet orange marmalade. No need to say that they are delicious!

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Nonnettes of Dijon are a delicious treat to go with your tea or coffee and I also love to bring one of these with me for my breakfast. I like to cover them with a light icing which makes them even better.

Let’s start baking!


  • 200 g/ 2/3 cups honey
  • 160 g/ 1 cup flour
  • 120 g/ 1 cup + 1 tbsp dark rye flour
  • 20 cl / 7 oz water
  • 80 g/ 1/4 cups +1 tbsp butter
  • 100 g/ 1/3 cups + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp gingerbread spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • orange marmalade


1-In a pot, mix the water, sugar, honey and butter together. Cook until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous. You will know that the mixture is ready when foam appears on top. Add the gingerbread spice and cinnamon, mix well and take off the heat. This mixture will give you a sort of spicy syrup.

2- Sift both flours with the baking soda in a mixing bowl.

3- In a different mixing bowl, pour the syrup mixture. Add in the mix of flours little by little. Whip the mixture until smooth and homogeneous.

4- Grease a muffin pan with butter and pour the mixture until half in each muffin pan. Let it cool down for about 1h. Preheat the oven at 200 C/ 390 F.

5- Once the mixture has cooled down, dig a hole with a teaspoon in the middle of each muffin and add a teaspoon of orange marmalade in the middle. Bake for 15 min, let the nonettes cool down and enjoy!

Nonnettes are even better after a couple days as the spices and marmalade flavors get more intense. You can keep them up to 2 weeks in a tin. They make a great addition for a tea or coffee time!

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I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Italian Kiwi says:

    I now have another reason to go and visit Dijon! These cakes look absolutely delicious! Do you think they could be made with other types of jam in the middles, or are they traditionally made with marmalade?

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    1. FrenchTouch says:

      Exactly! Plus DIjon is a gorgeous city and I recommend going to Beaune as well for wine tasting and site seeing. They are traditionally made with marmalade but you can make them with different jams as well. Mulot & Petit Jean, the official store selling gingerbread, sells them with an apricot, cassis, raspberry or lemon curd filling and more.


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