The Almond Croissant at La Maison du Macaron: Even Better than the Macarons

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Lauren Shockey
Butter, sugar, and almonds -- the best way to start the day

La Maison du Macaron is best known for its colorful assortment of macarons. You'll find the dainty, almondy cookie in such classic offerings as cassis, raspberry, and pistachio, but also in newfangled and seasonal flavors like maple milk chocolate, chestnut, and apple cider. It's hard not to order the macarons once you're in the shop, but a recent breakfast of their almond croissant has changed our allegiance for good. Farewell, macarons. The flaky, buttery pastry is where it's at.

A layer of frangipane (almond custard) fills the croissant, which is then dusted with sugar and sprinkled with flaked almonds. Unlike a regular croissant (which should be noted are also excellent at La Maison du Macaron), the almond version is somewhat flattened and much more dense. The main problem with almond croissants at other French pastry shops around town is that they're invariably soggy. Either too much filling was added or not enough butter (quel sacrilege!) and the whole shebang becomes a floppy, heavy mess. Here, however, the $4 pastry is super-light and flaky, with a perfect balance of filling-to-exterior ratio -- and it just so happens to be gigantic. Quite frankly, it's one of the best versions we've sampled in the city -- in our opinion, good enough for the store to call itself La Maison du Croissant aux Amandes. Just saying.


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Maison
Maison

On the west coast we bake the old fashion way, which should be the only way.The butter smell of the croissant early in the morning.....to get the best LA Breakfast. Maison Richard.

Karysma17
Karysma17

Sorry but went to the Bergamote today to get an almond croissant(because la Maison du Macaron had sold out ). I must say it was good,really good but it still can't compare to the ones at la Maison du Macaron! They're out of this world!

Mlc52
Mlc52

These are great, but the specimens over at nearby La Betgamote are the real deal and will blow your mind.

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