What is Kouign Amann?
Kouign Amann is a pastry from Brittany, France. In Breton language, it literally means 'butter cake'. (cake - kouign and butter - amann) It originated in the town of Douarnenez and the baker Yves-Rene Scordia is believed to have 'invented' it in 1860.
On a busy day, when he had no more cakes, to meet customer demand he improvised a new recipe with the products he had on hand: bread dough, butter and sugar. He used the technique of puff pastry, a technique of successive folds, to make his cake. The result was surprising delicious: a flaky cake, full of butter and sugar, with a little taste of brown butter under a golden and caramelized crust!
The strict definition of the Douarnenez recipe calls for a percentage of 40% dough, 30% butter and 30% sugar.
Learn more about the story of France's most extraordinary pastry from Food52
How to pronounce Kouign Amann
Kouign Amann are Bretons words.
What is the right pronunciation for Kouign Amann? (kwiɲ a’mãn)
How would a Breton pronounce Kouign-Amann and would a non-Breton-speaking Francophone pronounce it differently?
Non-Breton-speakers would most likely not have a nasal vowel in the last syllable, but many Breton non-Breton speakers have enough knowledge of Breton words to pronounce this propertly.
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National Kouign Amann Day
June 20th is National Kouign Amann Day each year.
Something so good deserves its own day!
In 2015, National Kouign Amann Day was established by b.patisserie in San Francisco to celebrate the buttery, delectable cake around the world.
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