About the Store
Red Bench Bakery is a small bakery that has two locations in Minnesota: Chaska and Excelsior. One of the locations used to be the former spot for Patisserie Margo, now moved to Edina.
The croissants sold at this bakery are medium-sized, tending towards large, with a proportionally medium peak, and not much of a curvature. The layer seams spread out, showing significant separation of the layers on the outside. The coloring is a mix of medium and darker browns, darkest on the outermost parts and where they touched the pan. Both the bottom and the top of the croissant have a lot of small bubbles, indicating a very active fermentation process (was it only this batch?). The croissants smell slightly rich but definitely yeasted, though I noticed a slightly burnt note that reminded me of darker european bread crusts. The exterior of the croissants is fairly sturdy, and does not have too much give.
The croissants looked shaggy, but not in an unpleasant way. I’d say they’re attractive.
The interior of the croissant I bought displayed an airy structure, but a bit tighter than other croissants I’ve had—maybe it could be used as a sandwich? The interior smelled slightly rich, but heavily fermented. It seemed a bit more bready than I would expect.
The croissant I ate tasted like it smelled: a bit bready, a bit darker, a bit fermented, a bit rich, but not very sweet. As a baked good it was quite good, but more towards the American flavor range. I would not say this is a taste of France.
Ratings & Numbers
Taste Quality: 🇺🇸
Price: $3.50 (April 2021).
Breads (tasty sourdough!), pain au chocolat, a few other baked goods, coffee. Salads.