At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.
Our calendar for November is a picture of a kouign amann, the butter-rich, flaky, irresistibly caramelized confection from Brittany, and this particular one comes from Véronique Mauclerc’s excellent bakery near the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (83 rue de Crimée in the 19th).
Kouign amann (the name simply means “butter cake” in Breton, and is pronounced more or less “kwin-ya-man”) is made a bit like puff pastry, by creating laminated layers of sweet dough and butter. I’ve never tried making it myself, but if I ever do, I will most likely follow the detailed recipe my friend David Lebovitz shared.
Instructions to get your calendar are below!