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Luckily, my parents are retired and they were able to go wait in line for the cruffin. The bakery opens at 7:30 am and you can purchase any of their baked goods EXCEPT the cruffins: donuts, croissants, scones, and Danishes. They also have Sightglass Coffee and sparkling water. The cruffins come out at 9 am and they sell them until they're gone. Each person is allowed to buy two cruffins and the flavor changes every day. There is no limit on the other pastries.
The first time, my mom and dad got us Sightglass Coffee cruffins and passionfruit donuts. They delivered them to me at school. I thought they were just going to leave them on my desk in the library, but they came in while I was teaching and caused a riot in the science class I was teaching. The students were chanting, "DONUTS! DONUTS! DONUTS!" for a few minutes.
I waited until Marc got home from work to try everything (so much restraint!) and it was amazingly delicious. The cruffin is croissant dough baked in the shape of a tall muffin and filled with cream. The dough was SO flaky and buttery. The shape really maximizes the surface area so that all the layers get a crispy edge. They're dipped into sugar after they're baked, so that adds another layer of texture.
I'm not a huge fan of coffee flavored things, but I appreciated the smooth texture of the pastry cream. It was creamy, but not heavy.
The donuts were also fabulous -- imagine a gourmet Leonard's malasada. The passionfruit cream was so fragrant and tangy. It was very well balanced. Even if you don't get a cruffin, the donuts are worth the trip.
|Ferrero Rocher Choux Bombs and Uh-Huh-Honey cruffins|
Luckily (part 2), I have Wednesdays off so I was able to go wait in line myself to get cruffins. I arrived at the bakery at around 8:45 am and there were maybe 20 people ahead of me. By the time the cruffins came out a little after 9, there must have been 50 people in line. In the Tenderloin!
If you purchase at least 6 items, you are given a box. Otherwise, you can get items in paper bags (that gets messy if you have things with fillings), or you can buy a box for $1.50.
Today's cruffin (Seriously Blogger, get your act together. Cruffin autocorrects EVERY time to something else. Curtain and curfew have been the most popular.) was the Uh-Huh-Honey cruffin: honey crème, honeycomb candy, and honey drizzle. You can see in the photo that the honeycomb candy did not stay on top of the cruffin. That was because I had to brake suddenly on the way back to the Bay Bridge. You know how your mom used to stick her arm out to clothesline you if she had to slam on her brakes? Well, I did the same thing to my Mr. Holmes box. Precious cargo!
I also purchased another one of their famous creations, the Ferrero Rocher Choux Bomb, the Amélie Amman, a lemon donut and a cherry donut.
I'm not a fan of the chocolate hazelnut Ferrero Rocher candies, so I don't know why I thought I'd like this Choux Bomb. It was OK. Also, the cherry donut was OK, but the pastry cream in both was so smooth and technically correct, it made them fun to eat.
The laminating on the cruffin blew me away again. There were so many layers! And the honey flavor was so light and lovely. My favorite part was the crunchy honeycomb candy. It's that little garnish, that attention to detail, that makes it all so great.
The one I liked best, however, was the Amélie Amman, their take on the Koguin Amman pastry. The regular version generally has layers of croissant dough baked with sugar that melts and caramelizes. Some have fillings. This one does. It is flavored with rosewater and pistachio. Hello, luxe baklava! Oh, it was so buttery and caramelly, but the rosewater was not too heavy. It made me wish for my favorite Persian ice cream in Westwood.
I've been back twice since and had the salted caramel cruffin (delicious) and the coffee cream blueberry jam cruffin (again, coffee isn't my thing). I had to stop going because I was spending too much money on pastries. My #1 goal is to go on a day when they have the Super Matcha Cruffin, which has green tea crème and a cute little marshmallow on top. The closest I got was the day they had matcha donuts (teasingly delicious). They post photos of cruffins on their Instagram AFTER they've sold out. Cruel and unusual.
You have to go here. Just don't take the last cruffin!
[Edit: OH NO BAD NEWS!!! Eater SF says the baker is leaving!!!