About the Store
La Boulangerie Marguerite, formerly PJ Murphy Bakery, is a small bakery in Saint Paul, MN that claims to have been open over 100 years. I visited
The croissants at La Boulangerie Marguerite have their ends curved completely inward, at which point they fuse with the main body of the croissant. They have a medium-low peak. Their color is a nice, even brown all over. They aren’t too big; I consider them to be a fairly regular medium size. Their outside doesn’t break off into many flakes, instead being more chewy than crisp.
The croissants’ interiors are more dense than I personally like. When I opened up my croissant, I first noticed that the density was closer to a sweet bread, and it smelled a lot like brioche. There is definitely air, but the croissants I’ve eaten here have a internal texture and density more like a sweet bread. There’s definitely a good, buttery taste, and the sugar makes itself known a bit more.
The density and character make me think two things:
– This croissant feels American to me. The density and general shape make it easy to mix in other things, or to use as a sandwich.
– However, it’s not as if croissants in France are always high-class. Doughier croissants with chewy exteriors are definitely found throughout the country, though more in supermarkets or non-artisanal bakeries.
I don’t think this croissant is bad. I don’t think it’s the pinnacle of croissant-dom either. It’s a serviceable pastry from a small, local bakery that doesn’t specialize in croissants… no more, no less.
Note: The croissant smelled and tasted faintly of doughnut as I was eating it for my review, but I attribute those characteristics to being stored and handled in the same case as doughnuts. If anything felt American, that’d be it!
Ratings & Numbers
Taste Quality: 🇺🇸
Price: $2.75-3 (March 2021)
The bakery also sells a few other kinds of croissants, pains au chocolat, breads, rolls, and lots of American pastries.