Thursday, February 10, 2011

Almond Croissant Smack Down #5: Ken's Artisan Bakery

This was my second attempt at research. The first attempt, being a late Sunday morning, Ken had sold out of his almond croissants. I returned on a Monday, late morning to find plenty of sugar snow dusted beauties lined up for the taking.

Ken's almond croissants ($3) are better than the majority I've sampled over the last month and a half. For one, the croissant dough is flaky with lots of air pockets.

The almond filling is high quality: real almonds - with their skins on - suspended in a cream base spiked with  something reminiscent of almond liquor. Wait, is that booze in my croissant? I like it!

Because of the delicious and very homemade filling (NOT marzipan) and airy-fresh croissant dough, Ken's Artisan Bakery almond croissant has a solid 2nd place in the Smack Down standings.

1. Nuvrei Pastries
2. Ken's Artisan Bakery
3. Fleur De Lis Bakery
4. Lovejoy Bakers
5. Pearl Bakery 

Ken's Artisan Bakery
338 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209


Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! I just couldn't stop starring at these croissants, so airy and yummy.

Ivy said...

These look so tempting. A few days ago I made some filled with apple and my children are beginning me to make them more often but I try not to use butter very often.

lydia said...

Is that the same Ken's with the pizzeria? Yuuummm, air pockets. I just had a similar croissant @ Tartine in SF.

Dewi said...

My favorite! Would love to be able to eat this every morning :)

Banana Wonder said...

Umm Mymoonah - Thanks, I can't get enough of them!

Ivy - You made croissants? Wow! I would be begging you too.

Lydia - I think it's the same dude :-) Mmmm I would love to go to Tartine.

Elra - Haha, me too elra - that's why the smack down has been spread out over some weeks :-)

Diana said...

This series is my favorite smack down ever. Just so you know. Only problem is that I don't live close enough to reap the benefits of your findings!

Mary Bergfeld said...

It certainly looks delicious. I do, however, think a side by side tasting is necessary to see which is really best :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Joyti said...

You know, I've never had an almond croissant. I've got to research SF places that make them. 'Cause your photographs and words tell me that they must be delicious!

Helen said...

This croissant looks good but not as good as that last place (Nuvrei) you went to with the custard-filled almond croissant. The booze in the croissant is probably almond extract, I have a bottle of this stuff in my kitchen. It smells like almond liquor. Yum! I think I've picked out my fave croissant so far :)

Kung Food Panda said...

OK, that looks good. And umm, it's not in LA :-/

Banana Wonder said...

Diana - Hah, thanks, hoping it provides incentives to visit :-)

Mary - Good point on having everything lined up for side by side comparison. This could be done (maybe for a chocolate croissant tasting?)

Indie.Tea - Please do! I bet there are some serious winners in SF.

Helen - Haha you're so funny - you have a favorite :-) We are on the same lines here. Almond extract is basically alcohol, anyway, right?

Danny - Haha, no, but maybe you will visit? :P