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!
Learn more about the story of France's most extraordinary pastry from Food52
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