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Nov 4, 2007 08:36 AM

Boule Atelier's Kouign Aman, or, When Bad Things Happen To Good Pastries

As you can see from my past posts, I was so looking forward to the return of the Boule kouign aman after its long hiatus. I tried BLD's version. I tried to replicate it myself at home. Nothing compared. Made it to the Atelier yesterday for one. What a horrible disappointment.

We didn't recognize them at first - because the staff had them displayed upside down. When ours was flipped over and presented to us, we understood why - it was burnt all around the edges. Even worse, there was no sweet, soft, buttery center. Just dry layers of puff pastry all the way through. A sad, shadow of its forebearers.

On the upside, the cashier refunded our money. On the downside, a once proud pastry has been reduced to ash. A sad day indeed.

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  1. When did you try them? Everything I tried at their new location has been crap. Granted they just moved but I don't see how a simple move could suddenly turn a good baker into a bad one...

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    1. re: choctastic

      I believe they used to bake at Sona and now they have a new kitchen...

      My kouign aman wasn't burnt (weekend) but it wasn't the glory it was before. I think it was also smaller. Tasty though...

      1. re: JudiAU

        Uh yeah. Perhaps they should have checked their new equipment before putting their goods up for sale. I still cannot believe they were selling chocolates with condensation all over them, at those stratospheric prices.