SybDive, let me start this post with my most heartfelt apologies for not posting over the past several weeks. Things have been really hairy in my neck of the woods and my nose has been kept to the grindstone. But what really kept me from posting was the fact that my internet connection at both home and work went absolutely haywire. That’s all in the past now, of course; let’s have something nice to eat then, shall we? 🙂
I’ve been a long-time fan of JiPan, the Japanese cafe-boulangerie over at the Glorietta, because I know for a fact that anything I order off the menu or pull off the shelves is good. (And yes: their stuff is a lot better than most of the buns you can get at BreadTalk, though JiPan is somewhat pricier – but it’s oh-so-worth-it!) But there’s one particular treat that I was able to sample only recently because I always dither over whether or not to buy it: the kouign amann.
Kouign (pronounced “queen”) amann is a traditional specialty of France’s Brittany region. What it is: a disc of butter-enriched pastry made even more toothsome outside and in by the generous addition of caramelized sugar. Think croissant: only richer, more buttery, gloriously – almost deliriously – sweet, delectably dense, with just enough salt to add a bit of a flavorsome twist. One bite of this naughty little treat and you can kiss your diet goodbye – and good riddance! (Cue evil snickers…)
Best served with a hot bevvie – like the banana capuccino shown above or 7-11’s smashing blueberry tea latte or hot chocolate prepared Heavenly Chocolates-style – kouign amann needs no further embellishments to be enjoyed either as a rich breakfast or as the perfect mid-morning nosh.