A light, flaky, buttery croissant is one of my very favorite things. Fortunately, we have plenty to choose from here in Kansas City. I recently took it upon myself to make the rounds to some of our local bakeries so that I could share my tasting notes with you here.
André’s Confiserie Suisse
André’s Confiserie Suisse is our overall winner for flavor, size and texture. These croissants are near perfection. The inside texture is moist, light, and airy, while the flakey outer crust is just the right degree of doneness. The flavor is rich and buttery. While these croissants are small in comparison to some of the others we tested, we found the size appropriate for such a delicate, rich pastry.
Ibis Bakery offers a gorgeous croissant. It was the most visually appealing croissant that we have seen in Kansas City. The outer texture is perhaps a tad overdone for our standards which makes it a little too flakey and messy; however, we loved the flavor and the inner texture was moist and light.
Heirloom Bakery and Hearth, offers croissants on Saturdays and Sundays only. Be sure to arrive early before they sell out of this popular item. This croissant has an excellent, rich, buttery flavor.
Sasha’s Baking Company
With such a vast array of beautiful little bakery items and pastries, we are impressed that Sasha’s Baking Company is able to produce such a delicious croissant as well. The flavor is excellent, and we loved visiting this charming little bakery in the downtown loop.
Bloom Baking Co.
Bloom Baking Co. in the City Market offers a very pretty, traditional croissant. Overall, this is a good, high-quality croissant. Truth be told, I also purchased a chocolate chip cookie along with the croissant and it was so delicious that I nearly forgot all about the croissant.
Le Monde Bakery
Le Monde Bakery in North Kansas City offers a good, yet very large, croissant. While it is tasty enough, it begs for a filling or accompaniment. I think most people prefer one of their many filled-croissant varieties. Le Monde croissants are also sold at Aixois in Crestwood.