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!