Dean & DeLuca is a chain of upscale grocery stores from The Big Apple. They recently opened in Singapore and The Husband went there to have tea with a friend today. He brought home a croissant for me as we have been trying out croissants from different stores in Singapore.
So far, I've found the one at Orange Thimble surprisingly good.
The dough of a croissant is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a sheet, in a technique called laminating. The process results in a layered, flaky texture, similar to a puff pastry. A good croissant should be slightly crisp and flaky on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. It should be fragrant with the taste of fine butter, yet not too buttery such that it leaves an oily after taste.
This particular one from Dean & DeLuca is really very nice. It is surprisingly not oily yet it isn't dry at all. The croissant is flaky and crispy, yet relatively fluffy on the inside. I am really surprised at how non-oily it is.. It is an almost perfect croissant.. Almost, because I would pretty it slightly more crispy with a slightly stronger taste of butter.
But it is a really good croissant. One that I would fork out SGD 3 for if I visit Dean & Deluca.
Actually, I can't wait to visit the store soon to get my hands on some of their private label products.
Dean & Deluca Singapore#04-23/24 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
11am to 10pm