…Lives on the shelf at Five Points Artisan Bakeshop.
Situated unassumingly on Wilkins just past Beechwood, I didn’t realize the bakery existed until one of my classmates brought their cookies in for a snack. I had a gooey, super chocolatey chip cookie and was hooked. My classmate and my professor, Sherrie, told me that Five Points Artisan Bakeshop is one of their favorites in Pittsburgh, and that their baguettes are so good, they don’t need a bit of butter or jam.
Sherrie is an outstanding baker and food writer in her own right, so I knew if there was a bakeshop she liked this much, I had to try it out.
I helped Andrew shoot lacrosse videos the next day for his goalie website, and made him take me to Five Points as recompense. We found out, to my complete delight, that in addition to breads, baguettes, cookies and scones, the bakery makes homemade croissants.
I have been on a croissant drought since May, when Andrew and I had one in St. Malo, France for his birthday. That croissant was so flakey, so completely buttery and fluffy, I haven’t been able to bring myself to have another one for fear that it won’t be as good. But after trying nearly everything else the bakeshop has to offer and never once being disappointed, last Saturday, I decided to buy a croissant.
I don’t know if any croissant will ever live up to that one in St. Malo, but this one came incredibly close. It was beautifully puffed, buttery, flakey, each piece beginning to dissolve on my tongue before I swallowed.
If you are a croissant lover (or any pastry lover, for that matter) and live in Pittsburgh, do not wait any longer to try this bakery! It will not disappoint.