I have to admit, it took me quite a while before I was able to figure out what “frissant” was an amalgamation of. The more common alternative name, “cronut” was more obvious (croissant + donut), and I don’t know why Swiss Bakery decided to rename their version. But I finally figured out, without the use of the Internet, that the “fri” stood for “fritter”. I’m sure that everyone (and by “everyone” I mean the 1-2 people who read my posts) is probably laughing at how slow I am that I cannot see something so obvious, but I’m still quite proud of myself.
Anyways, I’ve never had a cronut/frissant before, and I decided that it’s high time that I changed that. Swiss Bakery is supposedly the first place in Vancouver to produce this item, which they offer in a variety of flavours that rotate every month. They had a strawberry and a custard version available for this month. I got their Strawberry flavour. I also got an Apple Strudel and an Opera Cake.
Frissant (Strawberry, $4):
This is supposed to be a cross between a fritter and a croissant, hence the name. This is literally the best of both worlds: the sweetness of a doughnut with the crisp, melt-in-your-mouth flakiness of a croissant. The version I got was filled with delicious, thick strawberry jam, which lent a nice sweetness and tang. This really puts regular donuts to shame:
Apple Strudel ($3.8):
This was filled with large slices of apples, almonds, and various nuts, including whole almonds. The crust was a bit tough in some parts and lacking in flavour (I like crusts to have a bit of salt or sweetness). There was a generous amount of filling. I personally found the filling to be a little bland, however: I could have done with a bit more sweetness and some spices like cinnamon.
Opera Cake ($3.8):
This consisted layers of thin layers of cake and coffee frosting that’s coated in chocolate, and topped with a piece of chocolate. This was almost like a fancy candy bar to me, and I absolutely loved it. Every bite was a great interplay of textures of flavours: a bit of crunch from the crunch, creaminess from the frosting, a bit of bite from the piece of chocolate on top. The chocolate did not taste It was a bit on the sweet side, which might be problematic to some people, but I really enjoyed it.
The Frissant at Swiss Bakery definitely lived up to all the popularity and hype, and is worth the visit alone. I did also really enjoy their cake, and I’ve heard that they also make a great eclair (unfortunately it wasn’t available when I visited). The prices were also quite reasonable, which is always a bonus, especially for a grad student with poor financial skills.