The Almond Croissant Smack Down continues!
Just when I thought I've tried nearly all the almond croissants Portland's bakeries have to offer, my friend/classmate Jamie surprised me on Easter, which was sadly spent studying for a Corporate Finance exam in the basement of the library (as opposed to attending some lavish lamb-on-a-spit Greek Feaster at Jim Gianopulos's mansion like some of my friends).
"...they had almond croissants....I got you one....it's in my car...waiting for you..."
After devouring a whopping three strips of bacon for breakfast, there was no better way to lunch post fasting from bleeding animal products for 50 days than to nosh on my most beloved pastry: a buttery almond croissant.
I was especially eager to try out Baker and Spice's croissant after hearing tales of long queues from pastry fiends in Hillsdale and some jib-jabbering here about their almond croissants.
Jamie went to her car to get the croissant while I ran to the closest coffee shop for an Americano with real cream, none of that soy stuff for me any more. I whipped out the croissant to find a crispy golden pastry. The layers were infinite. A good sign. The croissant was flaky with air pockets nearly collapsing the pastry upon first tear.
I was expecting a marzipan filling but to my pleasant surprise I found a ground almond filling which was in fact similar to marzipan texture but not as sugary sweet. It was good, but the filling was on the stingy size and also somewhat hard - not creamy by any means. I had to work hard to taste the almond filling goodness, and dig a little.
Although the filling was mediocre, the croissant dough is pulling through on the rankings. Too bad Hillsdale is so far away!
3. Baker and Spice
Baker and Spice
6330 SE Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239