While I have my go-to coffee and sweets shop in my neighborhood (The Village Bakery), there is another local gem that tugs at my heartstrings – Proof Bakery. Proof Bakery is a small and quaint coffee shop with a dangerously delicious selection of pastries. Located on a stretch of Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village that is home to many of my favorite things (Vietnamese food, Sweets for the Soul and zumba class) it is hard not to frequent Proof.
If you are looking for a nice place to leisurely enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat this is the place to go. But be warned, the coffee is good, the sweets even better!
They offer a variety of croissants that are baked fresh daily. My favorite of these is the decadent almond croissant ($4). It is nutty, buttery and sweet. The exterior is super flaky while the interior has just the right of marzipan tucked between the folds of soft dough. It appeals to everything I love – sweetness, dough and butter!
I am not a big chocolate fan, but the flourless chocolate cake ($4.50) was calling my name. It was dense, gooey and sprinkled with cocoa nibs that provided a nice crunch. This cake was semi-sweet with slightly bitter notes from the dark chocolate base.
The pavlova with fresh berries and chantilly cream ($5.50) is a whimsical dessert. The berries and cream collapse into the crisp meringue base. The contrasts of textures are pleasing. It is a delicate and light dessert that provides a nice compliment to a mid-day espresso.
The pastries at Proof Bakery are a little pricey, but well worth the splurge for the small batch, high quality confection you receive.
3156 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village, CA
JennSeptember 7, 2011
wow i didn’t know this place existed! that pavlova looks so good!
lynn @ the actor's dietSeptember 7, 2011
i think my friend kai is related to the owner of proof??? haven’t been there yet. love atwater village – reminds me of larchmont, which is where i live nearby
TreasureLASeptember 7, 2011
I’m always looking for a good almond croissant. I was already planning on grabbing some coffee here, so excited for the pair.
Adrianna from A Cozy KitchenSeptember 7, 2011
I loooove Proof. They have some of the best baked goods. Ever. Their gougeres are ridiculous!
NastassiaSeptember 9, 2011
Jenn- the pavlova is heaven!
Lynn- I love love love Atwater! and if you know the owner pls bring me delish baked goods 🙂
Nick- That is one good almond croissant let me tell you!
Adrianna- yeah those gougeres are good! admittedly I have tried almost every dessert ha!
EsiSeptember 9, 2011
I need to go. It’s so close!
MarySeptember 10, 2011
Everything here looks delicious, but what caught my eye are the muffins in the previous post. While I am a regular visitor I don’t post often. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the food and recipes you share with us. I always enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Maryi
DevenSeptember 11, 2011
Man the pavlova does look soooo good. I can’t wait to find the time to try it.
Banana WonderSeptember 15, 2011
Nomz! I would love to try their almond croissant and add it to the smackdown. Almond croissants are my fav! If you ever come to PDX you MUST MUST MUST try Nuvrei’s almond croissant. AMAZ!!!
GastronomerSeptember 18, 2011
I must swing by here for dessert the next time I dine at Canele 🙂 The pavlova looks LUSCIOUS!