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Any place one can buy Kouign Amann in SF?

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Tom fell in love with kouign amann while on our home exchange in Brittany, I have been searching for a bakery in San Francisco that sells this. I tried using David Leibovitz's version which was too bread like and not the chewy, flaky pastry we remember from Brittany and will try Madeleine Kaman's recipe in When French Women Cook. However, I suspect I will not be able to bake this at home since I'm a terrible baker and would love to find someplace to buy kouign amann.

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  1. I can recommend the kouign amann at Satura Cakes, here's my post.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708079
    Not in the city of San Francisco, Satura has three stores: Los Altos, Palo Alto and Campbell.

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    Satura Cakes
    199 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      While on a visit to Palo Alto for other reasons, decided to find Satura for kouign only to find it was closed. Then drove to Los Altos (yes I know, starting to verge on obsessive compulsive) only to find that of all the pastries on display, only the kouign was sold out! So STILL have not been able to buy any kouign. Satura was sold by the original owners to the head pastry chef and they will only have one store now - the Los Altos one. Argh....

      1. re: cyssf

        As of a week ago, Satura Cakes in Los Altos started selling their own macarons. Has anyone sampled?

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        Satura Cakes
        200 Main St, Los Altos, CA

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        As Cynsa mentions below, this summer I brought Satura's KA from Los Altos to San Francisco to share with City friends in exchange for the faux cronut. It was great to return to the spot where I first heard the words "kouign amann" and more importantly, tasted one. Having tried other examples over the past four years now, Satura's stands out from the pack for the amount of butter, the spiral folding, dark crunchiness of the exterior, and the addition of brown sugar to the caramel glaze for more depth of flavor. What's also nice is that they're only $2.50 at Satura or about 50% less than the going rate.

        Here's the counter display with the description,
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

        This photo in natural light gives a good sense of the degree of browning and the lamination,
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

        And here's the bottom for the caramel,
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

        ssfire's post on Satura's KA,
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9137...

      3. Call (415) 558-8016. Pilinut has discussed this with Patisserie Philippe - they do make it - but not every day.

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        Patisserie Philippe (moving)
        655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. I love kouign amann, too, but have never seen any around here, though I was told that I missed an opportunity at Patisserie Philippe a couple of weeks ago. I think someone put in a special order, and there were several pieces left over. If you do order some, please post and let the rest of us know if and when we can descend on the patisserie to pick some up :-)

          Oh, and please do post about your experiences making kouign amann! I'd love to hear about how it goes, and may even try to make some while taking a rest from my frustrating attempts at canelé.

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          Patisserie Philippe (moving)
          655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          1. re: pilinut

            cyssf's reply has been spit of to its own topic on the home cooking board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726217

            1. re: pilinut

              I called Patisserie Philippe and he said he was reluctant to make it because people know what to expect and it is not exactly what they have in Brittany because of the different ingredients - particularly the butter and sea salt. However, that being said, he asked me to call him back next Monday and he would try. So if anyone else wants kouign let me know and perhaps I can talk him into making a few more cakes!

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              Patisserie Philippe (moving)
              655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

              1. re: cyssf

                Sign me up! How big are the cakes? Or should I say I'm good for a kilo or so of kouign amann? I'll add my new e-mail to my profile.

                (He does have a point about the butter, though. Perhaps if we offered to pay extra for French butter?)

            2. Tasting Table San Francisco just tweeted that Sons & Daughters (former site of Cafe Mozart) has them for breakfast.
              http://twitter.com/TastingTableSF/sta...

              Hope a chowhound tries one soon.

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              Sons & Daughters
              708 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                One week and no one can report the kouign amman for breakfast at Sons & Daughters in SF?

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                Sons & Daughters
                708 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Saw that Tablehopper is reporting kouign amann at a new North Beach food store called Little Vine and thought of this thread. If I read correctly, they are from Starter Bakery. Obviously I can't say if they are good or not as I am in Vancouver but it is another source in SF! 1541 Grant Ave. at Union, 415-272-7567.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Starter Bakery sells a great kouign amman. They are available at a number of places.
                    http://starterbakery.com/

                    1. re: wally

                      The Starter Bakery Kouign Amman are incredible. They always have plain, chocolate, and a seasonal fruit one. They have no stand alone bakery, but checking their website shows where their stuff is available.

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                      Starter Bakery
                      1552 Beach Street, Suite R, Oakland, CA 94608

                      1. re: wally

                        Including at Bittersweet in Rockridge, even though it's not listed on their website.

                        1. re: wally

                          Just had the kouign amman from Starter Bakery yesterday morning. I have never had this pastry, so I cannot compare it to the real deal, but it was delicious. It has a perfect blend of carmelized exterior with a softer inside. The porportion of butteriness tosweetness and a touch of salt was really sublime. It was not dense either, a very tasty pastry- much perferred over a croissant or morning bun, it was definitely worth getting up early to eat. I am curious to how the SB kouign amman compares to the French ones.

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                          Starter Bakery
                          1552 Beach Street, Suite R, Oakland, CA 94608

                          1. re: wally

                            It is correct on their website but I just wanted to say that they do indeed sell at the Oakland Grand/Lake Farmer's market. We pick these up regularly. I started a thread on Starter bakery a while back. I love these things. First time I'd every had them before.

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