What a wondrous place this is. A colleague of mine at work, Sean P, told me about this place. I’ve sort of have been on a baguette hunt for the last few weeks. There have been a few places in the OC that have been recommended to me, but I think this place takes the prize so far.
From their website:
Cream Pan is a Los Angeles branch of Japanese Bakery in Boston, Massachusetts, which has maintained an excellent reputation for the past 18 years. Our motto, is to bake delicious bread using the best hand-selected ingredients.Cream Pan has been well recognized and featured by the media. Our whole staff is looking forward to your visit!
I have been there several times during the past week and each time I have visited they have sold out of their baguettes. Sean P did me a huge favor a couple of weeks ago and stopped by Cream Pan on his way to work and picked me up my first 2 baguettes from this bakery located in a somewhat forgotten shopping center.
These baguettes were wonderful. The crust is just thick enough to give a nice crunch, but not brittle – it has a bit of a chew to it. The next part is the crumb or the inside part. Cream Pan’s baguette is slightly dense and not pillowy-soft like other baguettes. This is perfect for me. The first thing I did was tear into one with my hands. There was quite a bit of crumbled crust as a result. My first taste was awesome. This bread has flavor. Some butter and I would have been in heaven. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of the baguettes, but on my next trip, I will document the baguettes and report back to you, but TRUST ME – it’s one of the best.
My next visit there was this past Sunday. There was a line out the door! I got in line and looked to see what they had. I purchased a 1/2 loaf of bread that doesn’t have any butter, milk or eggs. I also picked up a Ham and Cheese Croissant and a Blueberry Scone. Can I just tell you that I love scones! I know you have had the scone that was really dense and crumbly. These scones were dense, but light and fluffy. The blueberries were like little explosions of sweetness. I had another scone from another bakery that day and the difference between the two is night and day. The Ham and Cheese Croissant was ok for me. It wasn’t warm like it came right out of the oven, but the croissant part was buttery to the taste and the outside was flaky, flaky, flaky!
They also carry lots of other items like the Curry Pan (which was very popular this particular day) and something that is a cross between quiche and a danish with caramelized onions and bacon. Yummm!! They are closed for a couple of days as I think they are readying their expansion – they now have the entire building instead of just two suites.
So there you have it. I would have given this place a 5 out of 5, but the two times I have been there they have been out of baguettes. They only bake them in the morning, so if you don’t get there early enough they will be gone. This particular morning I got there around 9, but someone bought the entire lot of what was baked…unfair! :)
Cream Pan Japonaise Bakery
602 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
Telephone : 714-665-8239
Hours: 7am to 4pm