Crumble & Flake was immediately put on my “go to” list when a coworker learned my favorite food was bread and told me to go because “it would change my view of the world”…. a little dramatic yes but it sure made me interested!
My first visit was unsuccessful because I went on a Monday without checking that they’re actually closed Mondays, shoot! A few weeks later I made it back with a friend for a few mid morning treats.
Walking in, there was nothing but a tiny entryway fit for about 4 people, a case of pastries and the register, with the bakery open in the back. I would have really appreciated some seating, there was a cute little public standing area right in front of the shop but that was the only option. Especially in winter, it would have been nice to sit in the warm bakery and savored everything.
Since I needed to try everything, I got a croissant, a kouign amann and a chocolate caramel cinnamon macaron while my friend got a lemon lavender scone.
The croissant was perfect, most likely the best one I’ve had outside of France. It was flaky without being crunchy, and the inside was soft, buttery, and perfectly chewy. I made a huge mess! The kouign amann is a sweet cake that’s like a croissant only it’s round, and slightly richer and crunchier due to the additional sugar coating and salted butter. The macaron was pretty delicious and rich, much heavier than I expected (literally, the filling was dense!), and absolutely gorgeous in color. I have to say I loved the addition of the cinnamon it tasted just like a salted caramel hot chocolate. I’m not sure my world was changed by any of the treats I bought but I can’t say I won’t be returning.
Actually, I HAVE to return because they sell Canelé on weekends only and I was so excited when I saw that on their website. I had Canelé a few times in Paris, and simply saw them around a lot, and I would love to have one again they’re so delicious. Basically it’s like a custard cake with rum that’s baked so it’s crunchy on the outside and almost chewy custard on the inside. Like bread pudding texture if I remember correctly. Now that the initial test is completed, I trust Crumble and Flake to make a good one.
Above everything else, I would go back for the croissants alone, which is good enough reason for me.