The French Baker (Ottawa) – A truly decadent croissant
Each time I do a rotation in Ottawa, I make a point of visiting The French Baker for a croissant. Their croissants have become somewhat of a local legend, especially given their traditional techniques and their use of a seriously epic amount of butter. I was watching some local TV and saw them cutting the butter for their croissants… each cut was like a 1/2 inch thick. It is located just off Byward Market (I keep raving about this area but it is pretty amazing).
These are some other treats that we picked up. In the foreground is a pecan tart. The crust and pecans were just a bit too soft but I really enjoyed that the tart was not too sweet (as they usually tend to be elsewhere). I liked the lemon tart better (background). Very tart, sweet, and smooth. The crust was firm but crumbled with gentle pressure. It was also just lightly salty. In this photo is also a Fleur De Sel caramel and a Pistachio Macaroon both of which were quite tasty.
The French Baker is a great place for a croissant, a coffee (Illy), and a refreshing treat. The fact that their croissants are almost always sold out speaks volumes about its popularity in the community. I will continue to come here every time I am in Ottawa! I LOVE BUTTER!!!
The French Baker, 119 Murray St., (613) 789-6797, www.frenchbaker.ca