Kouign Amann Pastries

The sweet and salty darling of the pastry set.

By Seattle Mag April 20, 2012


This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Seattle magazine.

What is the bronzed, round, impossible-to-pronounce pastry that’s lately popping up in the finer artisanal bakeries? Kouign amann (pronounced queen-ya-mahn) is a Breton pastry that has it all: tons of butter, sweet caramelization and a good bit of salt, like a salted caramel in pastry form. Honoré, in Ballard, makes a sensational version, with a crackling caramelized exterior and a rich buttery center. But I prefer the version at Le Rêve on Queen Anne, where the flakier exterior on top is crisp, the bottom is salty and crunchy, and the middle is soft and buttery beyond belief. When Crumble & Flake opens on Capitol Hill, there’ll be a third contender for the crown.


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