Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kouign-Amann in Montreal

Kouign-Amann? What's that? I'd never heard of it either before my first trip to the bakery of the same name in Montreal. It turns out that Kouign-Amann (pronounced roughly like Queen Amonn) is a Breton pastry. And a very delicious one at that. The Montreal version is served as a wedge of a large round, almost like a slice of pie. It's apparently made from layers of brioche dough, but somehow the virtuoso bakers get the top and bottom to have a delicious, caramelized coating while leaving the middle moist, flaky, and delicately chewy. Beyond that, it's hard to describe, other than with superlatives. If you find yourself in Montreal, it's worth heading up to Avenue du Mont Royal Est just for a taste. Of course, once you're there, you may as well buy a few of the delectable chocolate and almond croissants, too!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Celebrating the Humble Jellybean

Photo (cc) by Small_Realm.
It's Easter, and here in the United States, that means more jellybeans will be consumed today than on any other day of the year. The jellybean is one of my all-time favorite candies. While I appreciate the exotic flavors popularized by Jelly Belly, I tend to favor the classic, larger beans, whose flavors are often described by color ("I like the red ones!") rather than taste. And, yes, I even enjoy the black ones, though I'm not one of those fanatics who buys entire bags of them.

What's your favorite flavor and/or style of jellybean?