You know you’ve entered a real French patisserie when you find Kouign Amann in the bakery case.
Sarah and Jean Baptiste Saint Amon took a risk opening a true French patisserie in Tulsa. Would enough people in Oklahoma care about delicate mousse cakes and French baguettes?
The answer was a resounding yes. Saint Amon Baking Co., located at 6333 E. 120th Court, has become a neighborhood favorite for customers in south Tulsa and Bixby, and also a destination for those who make a trek to Saint Amon for the best flaky croissants and eclairs they’ve ever tasted.
The couple opened the bakery two years ago, with a plan to set their products apart by the complexity and time dedicated to creating breads, pastries and desserts. They had worked at other bakeries in Tulsa and found themselves professionally unfulfilled. What was missing was their style, the distinctively French approach they loved.
"We believe every person should have access to and be able to afford extraordinary pastries and breads," says Jean Baptiste Saint Amon, a Frenchman who moved to the U.S. five years ago.
And about that Kouign Amann — if you’ve never tried one, it’s something to behold. Jean Baptiste describes it as "basically a caramelized croissant." The buttery pastry dough is sweetened with brown sugar, and then bruleed after it has proofed and baked. At Saint Amon, it’s an everyday staple.
Also popular at the bakery are macarons, fruit tarts, traditional croissants and baguettes.
Soon, the Saint Amons plan to open a second location farther north.