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Feb 13, 2014 07:02 AM

Trader Joe's Kouigns Amann - a question about baking them

I've never had this pastry before, TJ's or anyone else's, but after reading so much about it here and elsewhere, and then finding that TJ carried them in their freezer section, I took a chance and bought a package yesterday. I intended to bake them while the snow flies.

I knew you had to proof them overnight, but it wasn't until I got them home and read the directions that I found they call for baking spray on the (provided) baking cups. I don't have any (never do).

Can I just lightly grease the cups, or then dust them with flour? Or must I wait for the post-storm shopping trip?

Any help is much appreciated.

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  1. Sure, you can butter and flour them.

    1. They should have so much butter in them they wouldn't stick anyway :)

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      1. re: buttertart

        Nope. That's what I thought. I bake them one at a time and once forgot to spray the cup before beginning the rise. The next morning, it stuck badly and tore the paper when I pried it loose. There's a lot of sugar on the bottom of the pastry, which turns into sticky dark caramel.

        I would oil or butter - but not flour - the cups in the absence of baking spray. I don't think the cups do much to maintain the shape of the rising pastry. I believe they are there to contain the caramel. You could raise and bake them in a dish or pan if you had the right size.

      2. I would grease them, but not flour them. The pastries are pretty buttery on their own, but it's the caramelized sugar that gets really sticky.

          1. I just baked off the one a few days ago. I'd done the grease & dust on the provided paper cup, and there was only the slightest sticking as I pulled the paper off.

            Ambient temperature in my kitchen is only 70 degrees, so I'm not sure I got a good rise on it. It came out pretty flat in the middle. I might try proofing the next one in the oven with the light on. (Oh, for the pilot lights of yesteryear's gas ovens. It made for a great, always-ready proof box.)

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            1. re: mcsheridan

              Turn on the oven light and check half an hour later. You may find the oven noticeably warmer.

              1. re: mcsheridan

                Dough does not need warmth to rise. It will rise in the fridge. Time is the main factor.

                1. re: sandylc

                  They recommend 6-7 hour rise from their frozen state, and at room temperature; I had it out for 9-10. I know things can rise in the fridge, but this might take a long, long time.