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Trendspotting: Kouign-Amann

Aug 22 2012 - 12:10pm

Ever heard of the kouign-amann? If you haven't, you will soon.

This pastry emerged out of obscurity last Fall to make a splash at various spots in San Francisco [1]. But given its rapid growth over the past year, it's likely it'll be in bakeshops across the country sooner rather than later.

The kouign-amann (pronounced "queen a-mahn") hails from Brittany, France; think of it as a cross between a croissant and a palmier, with layer after layer of buttery, flaky pastry on the inside, yet caramelized with ever-so-slightly-burnt sugar on the outside. Our favorite thus far, which comes from Oakland's Starter Bakery, also comes in a chocolate version and a seasonal fruit version in addition to the classic rendition.

The Breton pastry's hit California big time — it's available at Starbucks-owned La Boulange locations, as well as Whole Foods Markets in Northern California and at Thomas Keller [2]'s Bouchon in Beverly Hills. But it's also big in Salt Lake City, where bakery Les Madeleines has been serving the KG since 2004. In New York, it's a big sell at Bouley and Dominique Ansel [3]; in Chicago, at Floriole and Alliance Bakery; and also in cities like Seattle and Indianapolis. Not sold in your hometown? With some patience, you can even make it at home [4]. Both the pastry and the name are (quite literally) a mouthful, but this is no doubt a trend that's going to continue to grow [5]. Have you had one yet?

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts


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