I've been infatuated with almond croissants for quite some time. It's something between the flaky, buttery croissant layers and delicate, sweet almond touch that equals heavenly bliss to my taste buds. And that's the best way I can describe the sensation. My brain is zapped from too much grad school paper writing and research these days.
As if that wasn't enough, I've assigned
To find the best almond croissant in Portland.
It's due time for some research after some serious scrutinizing analysis was published (Southern California Empanada Soul Mate Search and Olive Oil Cake Smack-down) a few months ago. Required reading, of course.
I started my research at Pearl Bakery, one of Portland's highly touted bakeries. Located in the Pearl District, this bakery is known for its handcrafted breads and pastries. Their croissants are made with rbst-free, locally made butter and flour from sustainably grown wheat farms in Washington state. Their croissants are made in the traditional French manner, which supposedly takes three days from mix to lamination to create. Pearl Bakery goodies are also sold at Portland's largest farmers market held on the Portland State University campus, which is where I first fell in love with their anise and fig bread.
Exhibit A: Almond Croissant
I originally swung by one Saturday afternoon for some research, but they had sold out, raising my expectations of good things to come. I went back the following Tuesday morning after Bar Method, paying three legal tenders for my first go round of research. The croissant was airy and buttery, with the proper amount of flakiness on top that leaves you thinking half the croissant is piled into broken pieces on your plate at the end. A great croissant. The almond part, however, left something to be desired. Although I am sensitive to overly sweet treats, the almond filling was not sweet enough nor did it whisper sweet almond nothings in my ear/belly/mouth. It was a confused almond croissant, unworthy of do-over status.
Exhibit B: Almond croissant cross section
I will stick with what Pearl excels at. And that is bread.
102 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209