About the Store
Black Walnut Bakery is a small bakery and cafe in Minneapolis that started at a Farmers’ Market, moved to a pop-up model, and finally established a more permanent location in 2020.
The croissants from Black Walnut Bakery are straight with a medium-high peak. There’s a staircase effect from where the layer seams separate. I would consider them a medium size, maybe a tad on the smaller size. The ones I saw all had a beautiful medium brown exterior, tending towards the lighter side at the layer seams, and darker on the strips that were most exposed in the oven. Those strips look wonderfully crisp, and their uppermost layer does flake off into small crumbs. The bottom of the croissant is a bit darker from touching the pan. Overall I find these croissants very attractive. I especially appreciate how each layer shows up clearly on the outside at their seam.
With the croissants I bought, the interior has an airy cell structure as I would expect; one croissant had a slightly tighter structure than the other, but I think that’s just normal variation for a bread product, and didn’t affect flavor or texture significantly. The interior does not feel dry. It smells slightly yeasted, slightly sweet, and rich with butter, with an interesting darker burnt note.
The croissants I bought today tasted sufficiently light and airy, not particularly sweet, but definitely allowing me to taste the butter. The outside was soft enough with the right amount of crisp. Interestingly, the slightly burnt note I mentioned previously was tastable every time I had a bit of the exterior, and I liked it. It’s not as if the croissant is overdone, but more that it has its own personality, like a pizza crust from a wood fired oven. I’m not sure whether I would call that extra note a French or American characteristic of the viennoiserie, but hey, I’ll gladly take it.
Ratings & Numbers
Taste Quality: 🇫🇷/🇺🇸
Price: $3.25 (March 2021)
Black walnut has various other breakfast pastries, a few breads, cakes, cookies… trending more to the French-inspired side. Their pain au chocolat was legit though.