Saturday, February 28, 2015

BBB Buddy Bake: Kouign Amann

At the moment, my kitchen is packed in boxes. This past week I moved from California to New Mexico.  Back home, at last.  My welcome greeting?  Nearly a foot of snow!   Too bad the kitchen is in boxes for it is a wonderful time to bake!

However, moving aside, I managed one more baking experience in my beloved California kitchen -- the February Bread Baking Babe challenge, Kouign Amann.

I can't tell you how long I've been wanting to try these, scouring my cookbooks and websites for the 'right' recipe.  I was watching the Great British Bake-Off recently, and when they announced a surprise challenge, I somehow knew what it was going to be.  Yep, Kouign Amann.  I watched intently.

Then, the BBB announcement was made.  Kouign Amann.  It was a sign.

So, I knew I had to make this before I left.  And, I did, not once, but twice.

The first time, I followed the recipe.  I'm no stranger to laminated doughs, so it was not intimidating, but I thought the process could be improved.

The second time, I did it my way, which meant that I spread on the Irish butter in pinches and dabs and gave the dough an extra turn to make sure it was well chilled.  I also couldn't resist adding a small piece of chocolate to the center.  

Although I'm aware that these pastries are best eaten fresh and warm, I have to say that even at 2 days, they were still delicious.  In fact, you can really see the flaky layers when they have matured.

When my new kitchen is finally in place, you can bet that I will be making Kouign Amann again and sharing them with a whole new set of friends.

Thanks to Lien, the Kitchen of the Month, for the perfect challenge.  If you want to see what the Babes and Buddies did and get the recipe, check out her website. .


megan said...

Congrats on the move!

I have had those pastries on my to-do for some time now, but haven't taken the leap yet. Today would be a great day to try it, since it's 30 degrees here in Austin and the roads are a mess.......

Anyway, they look absolutely fabulous and I'll let you know when I finally muster up the courage to attempt them :)

Lien said...

Judy, you're a real trooper making these so short before your move! Your layers look just perfect and fabulous. Glad you liked them (so did I). THanks so much for baking with us this month. Good luck in your new home.

Karen said...

Your layers are amazing!! I'm glad to hear that they are still good a couple of days later!

Anonymous said...

your layers are so wonderful - I guess that extra turn paid off. Good luck on your move!

Elizabeth said...

What great layers you achieved! And what a perfect thing to comfort you and distract you from the snow outside and the unpacked boxes inside!

Happy unpacking!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Talk about layers! Those are mind blowing! But you still had some after two days ... you must not have been sharing ;-)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Moving is a challenge. Giving up a dream kitchen is hard but it sounds like your ready to bake. I'm still waiting to have cabinets and a sink installed 3 years later ... it's a long story but at least I have drawings and am talking to two cabinet makers now.