Ready-to-bake kouign amanns are now available in the freezer section of Trader Joe's. I was excited, but also a little skeptical—could TJ's convenience-oriented take remotely compare to the real deal?
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From a bakery that sells traditional cake-sized pans of this buttery Breton pastry to an upscale restaurant version that's heightened with caramel salt butter, if you're in Montreal, these two kouign amann shouldn't be missed.
When you stop by Honoré Artisan Bakery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, you'll be greeted by a pastry case full of crackly, caramelized pastries. Which to choose? Here are our 5 top picks.
Note: Over the weekend I visited Montreal and thanks to Montreal food blogger Katerine, forgot what it felt like to be hungry. Stay tuned this week for my snapshots from Montreal. [Photographs: Erin Zimmer] Calling a pastry "buttery" seems a little redundant, but the Kouign Amann, is like a croissant multiplied by a stick of butter. Originally from the French region of Bretagne (where it actually translates as "butter cake"), it has that delicate layer thing happening inside kind of like babka, topped with a golden crackly sugar shell. At Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal, they make warm batches of the namesake pastry all day long. The recipe sounds simple enough: a round of dough with...