Let’s say goodbye to your best intentions — I promised my parents I would slow down my consumption of pastries — and have a shot at Larnicol kouign amann. The kouign amman is one of the most classic French cakes, but how the heck are you supposed to pronounce it by the way? The phonetic pronunciation is “Kween a-mon”, not that hard, isn’t it?
Larnicol is a pastry shop from Britanny, and they’re supposed to make a very good one. The Breton “butter cake” is made of multiple layers of handmade puff pastry. Basically, it’s the French version of the American cinnamon roll.
The price tag of the big portion of Larnicol kouign amann is not very high, only €7,50, and it easily serves five people. It’s not exactly the same quality as the fresh ones you’ll find in Britanny, when they come straight out of your corner bakery oven. Here it comes wrapped in plastic film.
Once you’ve put it back in the oven for a few minutes it comes out in good shape again: the obscene amount of butter and sugar generates an incredible smell. The puff pastry has been perfectly rolled up but it’s not crispy enough.
Larnicol also makes Kouignettes, which are amazing baby Kouign Amann pastries. While we’re true fans of the classic version of Larnicol kouign amann, the fancier versions made us quite sceptic. Larnicol makes almond flavored or Cointreau flavored kouign amanns which you’d better avoid. Next time we’ll try Pierre Hermé kouign amann which is apparently a strong contender.
If you want to know more about Larnicol kouign amann, and the hours of opening, click here.