Let’s be real, in the US I maybe ate a croissant once a year. I just couldn’t justify the carbs, butter, and calories. It just was never “worth it” when it came to what I spent my calories on. However, that all changed in France. I went from (kinda) gluten free in the States to YOLO croissant life in France. I may be a bit tubbier from my month and a half of daily croissant petit dejeuner, but it was so worth it. Here’s a bunch of pictures of croissants, because really, who doesn’t love these buttery pillows of love?
Not to be blasphemous, but not all croissants are created equal. The perfect croissant pur beurre (pure butter) is so crispy and flaky on the outside that you cannot eat it without being completely covered in crumbs. The inside is fluffy, like a butter cloud.
Next there’s my personal favorite, croissant aux amande or almond croissant. This little gem is filled with the thinnest layer of almond filling, dusted with powdered sugar, and adorned with crispy thinly sliced almonds. It’s a bit of a sugar rush, but sugar is my drug of choice. A good croissant aux amande is crispy on the outside and not soggy or greasy. If your croissant aux amande is soggy, it’s not fresh.
While not technically a croissant, this next item falls into the “Viennoiserie” category. Brioche suisse au chocolate is another great option when you’re looking to mix things up.
While not to be forgotten, the Pan aux Chocolate is a corner stone of French viennoiserie. However, I was too busy eating all the other types that I didn’t get a photo. Here’s a stock photo to illustrate it’s glory.
Lastly, all croissant or viennoiserie MUST be accompanied by a coffee. In my case, it was always a cafe creme.
In the words of RZA from the Wu Tang clan (edited for croissant relevance):
(Croissants Rule Everything Around Me
Yeah, check this ol’ fly shit out
(Croissants Rule Everything Around Me) Take you on a butter high
(C.R.E.A.M. get the pastry) Here we here we go
(getcha getcha fill y’all) Check this shit, yo!
Even if you’re not in France, go out to your local bakery early, while everything is still hot, and cop a croissant, it’ll make your life better.