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