Croissant dough is made by layering dough with butter and folding several times. Mmm butter. Shaped like the horns on a steer, this quintessential French pastry should be flaky, buttery, and both light and substantial at the same time.
Brisbane isn’t short of a good bakery, but when it comes to finding Brisbane's best croissant, separating the best from the rest can take a fair bit of munching. We’ve done the hard work so you don’t need to get crois-sant (get it?) like Kanye, just throw on a striped t-shirt and start practising, "Une croissant s'il vous plait".
Here are Brisbane’s best bakeries pumping out delightfully delicious croissants.
After yearning for the beautiful pastries and croissants she’d enjoyed during her extended visits to France over the years, Lara Sample took a short baking course at France’s Institut National de Boulangerie Pâtisserie. She then returned to Brisbane, recruited a team of French chefs and bakers and opened Chouquette, opposite New Farm Cinemas. If you’re eating in, try one of their exquisitely buttery, flaky croissants with butter and a slathering of Chouquette raspberry jam.
The long lines that develop most Saturday mornings at this Sandgate Road artisan bakery will be your first hint that their fresh croissants are some of the best in the city. With all products freshly made in the bakery next door, it’s not surprising their crispy and delicious chocolate croissant and sweet almond croissant both earn rave reviews from regular clientele. With a coffee machine near the front door, you can get your caffeine hit while you wait to be served at Brewbakers.
Flour & Chocolate
As well the standard French-approved flavours of chocolate; chocolate hazelnut; ham and cheese; traditional butter; and almond, Flour & Chocolate's award-winning croissants come in an ever-changing variety of sweet and savoury flavours. We’re talking salami, cherry tomatoes, with ricotta and pesto; caramel chocolate; chocolate coconut; pastrami, Dijon mustard and pickle; chocolate and peanut butter; and lamington brownie which is a brownie INSIDE a croissant! Oh mon Dieu!
Crust & Co
The freshly baked croissants at Crust & Co are free from preservatives and additives and are available in plain, chocolate, rain or choc hazelnut chocolate, but their pièce de résistance is the pistachio croissant filled with freshly made pistachio cream.
Banneton Bakery has become something of a Brisbane institution and their croissants, which are large but light with just the right amount of air between their buttery layers, live up to the hype. Warm up this winter with a hot coffee and an amazing almond croissant or branch out with a cruffin, the lovechild of a croissant and muffin.
Cake & Bake
Now that the cooler weather has arrived, comfort yourself with a hot coffee and a sweet buttery croissant from Cake & Bake for a quick and easy breakfast. Perfectly sized with light folds that are crisp on the outside with a soft, buttery middle are available at locations across the city.
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