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10-22-2019, 09:12 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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Richest Pastry in the World

Here it is! The Kouign Amann!
What has been called the richest pastry in the world, and my personal favorite since I found a nearby baker who is amazing when making french pastries. (His are only about 4-5 inches in diameter, but meet all the other criteria for amazing flavor and texture.
Here is the Slate article on it. Kouign-amann: The French pastry's history, origin, pronunciation.

My baker also does amazing Au pain Chocolate also,as well as breads, bagels and other brilliant bread products.

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That looks absolutely fabulous. I feel like eating one would shave a few years off my life, though! :-P (Granted, I sadly can't eat one anyway as I have celiac disease, but I can dream...)
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That does indeed look amazing.

Sadly, we have few authentic French patisseries in my region of the UK, and none at this level... at least, not that I'm aware of. The North East has advanced a great deal culturally since I was a young lad, but it hasn't come quite far enough for this
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We make a trip to the Friday Farmer's market 18 miles away since that is the only day he is nearby. Usually a loaf of bread every two weeks, a couple queenies (as the wife calls them,0 a half dozen everything bagels, (also amazing!) And perhaps an almond or chocolate croissant or three.

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That looks absolutely fabulous. I feel like eating one would shave a few years off my life, though! :-P (Granted, I sadly can't eat one anyway as I have celiac disease, but I can dream...)
I feel for you Will! I can only get away with a few per week since I got my cholesterol way down by eating goat in place of other proteins one or two times per week.

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Yes, unfortunately I have discovered these in a local bakery a couple of years ago. My excuse is that if I eat those for breakfast I still have plenty of time to work them off (or sleep them off) before the end of the day
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
Here it is! The Kouign Amann!
What has been called the richest pastry in the world, and my personal favorite since I found a nearby baker who is amazing when making french pastries. (His are only about 4-5 inches in diameter, but meet all the other criteria for amazing flavor and texture.
Here is the Slate article on it. Kouign-amann: The French pastry's history, origin, pronunciation.

My baker also does amazing Au pain Chocolate also,as well as breads, bagels and other brilliant bread products.
That looks absolutely amazing. New thing to find!
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That looks absolutely amazing. New thing to find!
Found it at one of the two farmer's markets nearest me late last spring. We have one on Fridays that this baker is at, while Saturdays he is at another that is 60 miles away.
We have tried at least half of the different breads and pastries he brings out and our least favorite baked good tastes exponentially better than anything you buy at a grocery store, even back in the bakery area. If I could eat his pastries every day, I would soon add about 30 to 50 pounds in a year! I will have to take some images of his amazing goodies just for comparison to the K A in that article.

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Yes, unfortunately I have discovered these in a local bakery a couple of years ago. My excuse is that if I eat those for breakfast I still have plenty of time to work them off (or sleep them off) before the end of the day
Pretty amazing texture-wise and flavor-wise, aren't they? Slightly sweet, slightly salty, laquered dough, caramelized sugars...what's not to like?
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Read the article, looked at the photo, made my mouth water.

We don't have any specialist French bakeries like that here, that I'm aware of, anyways. When I was a kid in the '50's there were small neighbourhood stores....butchers, bakers, (no candlestick makers ), greengrocers, etc.

There was a local bakery that, when very occasionally I had some coin (and back then, that's all it took) to treat myself to either an Eccles Cake or a Jambuster.

But that was the '50's and unfortunately many of these small businesses went under, with the wave of supermarket grocery stores in North America. Yeah there's bakeries in store, in these giant groceries, but I find for the most part the product isn't as good or varied as was the case with the old fashioned bakery. I tried a Jambuster at a superstore once, bit into it with high expectations and ended up with a sour look on my face as I bit into ersatz jam, not the genuine article (real jam) that I recalled from so many decades ago.

Lately, our large Co-op grocery seems to be cranking out baked goods that are a return to yesteryear...and every so often I stop in, grab myself a Jambuster and enjoy a simple, too brief... delight when I bite into the 'Buster...which takes me back to my early life.

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How can I have gone through life without knowing about this?!

I've even located a source, less than an hour's drive away
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There's a local bakery that also makes these and they're my wife's new favorite thing. Too bad she works in the opposite direction
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