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Kouign-amann in the DC area?

TBKing Dec 20, 2011 11:45 AM

I just had this pastry for the first time ever this past week in Salt Lake City. Without a doubt the best pastry I've ever had in my life. Does anyone know of where to find this in DC possibly? Thanks

  1. crackers Dec 20, 2011 06:11 PM

    The nearest place I've enjoyed this treat is was at Chez Michel, near the Gare du Nord in Paris.

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      hamster Dec 22, 2011 05:16 AM

      Just saw this referenced regarding a bakery in New York. Never seen it around here. Though you could call around to Cacao, Patisserie Poupon, Praline, and ask if they ever make it.

      1. iL Divo Dec 22, 2011 05:24 AM

        bet you had it at:


        I too love it there...sorry can't help with DC

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          ChoppinBroccoli Dec 22, 2011 06:47 AM

          Never had it, but I looked it up and it looks delicious. It also looks extraordinarily similar to an "Oreja" (Elephant Ear) that is commonly served at most Mexican bakeries. You might try one in the area and see if it's a decent substitute.

          1. re: ChoppinBroccoli
            hamster Dec 22, 2011 12:40 PM

            Hmm, I think an oreja is a lot drier than a kouign-amann. The latter is extremely buttery and moist.

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              iL Divo Mar 19, 2014 07:22 AM

              thanks choppin.....
              ...........not sure anything could be as good as the K-A I've devoured in the past. but the past it is.............wah.........

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            uniko Jul 14, 2013 09:07 PM

            reviving this old thread ... Patisserie Poupon makes a stellar one, at least the Baltimore location does, so i bet the WDC location does as well.

            i also got one this weekend from the much-hyped Dominique Ansel bakery in NYC (home of the original "Cronut") and i think Patisserie Poupon's is much better.

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              Marty L. Jul 15, 2013 03:20 AM

              Yes, they have it at PP, and it's great.

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                hamster Jul 15, 2013 07:32 AM

                They also sell them at the U Street farmers market on Saturday mornings, I think Panorama is the name of the stand.

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                  bmorecupcake Jul 17, 2013 09:16 AM

                  PP doesn't make it every day, so make sure you call ahead and ask.

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                    uniko Jul 17, 2013 12:29 PM

                    they also sell out early, on the days i'm wanting it, i call first and if they have any, i pre-purchase by phone.

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                    eam531 Feb 26, 2014 09:05 AM

                    Not surprised that PP's is great--the owner, Joe Poupon, is from Brittany.

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                    MlynneM Feb 25, 2014 06:31 AM

                    Trader Joe's has a delish take and bake version in the freezer section.

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                      Bob W Feb 25, 2014 09:25 AM

                      People rave about it on the Trader Joe's threads on the Chains board. I finally broke down and bought a box.

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                        TheMatt Feb 25, 2014 05:15 PM

                        Aaaaaaaaannnnnndd? :)

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                          Bob W Feb 26, 2014 06:40 AM

                          Still in the freezer! They require a bit of work and that is not my strong suit. 8<D

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                            mconnordc Apr 7, 2014 05:12 AM

                            To be fair, the work they require is getting them out of the freezer 6-7 hours before you want them and putting them on a baking tray, then baking them 25 minutes.

                            They're also pretty darn tasty. You can also make them from scratch. David Lebovitz has a recipe that looks simple and delicious: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/08/...

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                            bmorecupcake Feb 27, 2014 06:59 AM

                            If I hadn't had the PP version, the Trader Joe's version might have been okay, but I'm very critical of my sugar calories in my old age. Still not so bad that I would return it. And I'll return pretty much anything at TJ's.

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                        RainyDayLatte Feb 27, 2014 11:13 AM

                        Williams Sonoma sells frozen, make-at-home kouign amann and kouignettes that are really quite good. And...there is nothing better than wandering downstairs in your PJs and easily warming up a batch. All of their frozen pastries are amazing. Really authentic.

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                          iL Divo Mar 19, 2014 07:25 AM

                          I'll have to check one out next time I venture in to WS

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                            RainyDayLatte Mar 22, 2014 09:59 AM

                            Unfortunately they don't carry them in the stores. They are only the WS website. They are made by Galaxy (I believe) and shipped directly from Galaxy. :)

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                          Momster007 Mar 18, 2014 11:50 AM

                          They have them at Palena. :-)

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                            Marty L. Mar 18, 2014 08:06 PM

                            and they're fantastic at Palena

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                              mscoffee1 Mar 22, 2014 12:49 PM

                              I went to Palena Cafe on Thursday at about noon and there were none there, but I had the most amazing almond croissant. Thank you, it was so worth the stop.

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