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Black Sheep Pâtisserie
If you haven’t visited Black Sheep Pâtisserie before, you’re missing out on Calgary’s best croissants. Fortunately, owner Benjamin Griffon has opened a second location inside Calgary Farmers’ Market West. A horticulture engineer by training, Benjamin opened Black Sheep Pâtisserie in 2019 and has been turning out awe-inspiring pastries with his baker Jason Ng and pastry chef Redouane Dab since.
Black Sheep’s market stall features a rotating slew of jam-filled croissants, almond croissants and of course, pain au chocolat. Benjamin specialized in fruit trees during his horticulture career and, unsurprisingly, house-made jams and marmalades feature prominently in their specialty filled croissants. Finding inspiration in an Italian summer day, he created a five-citrus marmalade last Christmas. Every croissant from Black Sheep Pâtisserie is full of perfect layers, baked so the outside is exceptionally flaky, and the inside is soft, airy and full of rich butter flavour. The stall also sells traditional baguettes and cookies (try the Scottish shortbread!), and you can pre-order items like tiramisu and Paris-Brest to the market location.
It’s clear that Benjamin has a passion for pastry, a love of experimenting with new flavours and a sense of humour. He clearly loves each of his creations and refuses to pick his top choice.
“Never ask a mother which of her kids is her favourite,” he says. “She obviously has one, but don’t ask.” Looks like we’ll just have to try all the offerings at Black Sheep Pâtisserie.
Black Sheep Pâtisserie | Calgary Farmers’ Market West and 17th Ave. 25 Greenbriar Dr. N.W. and #140, 815 17th Ave. S.W. | 587.210.5063 | black-sheep.ca