Kouign Amann

Wonderful mouthful of happiness!

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Takes time, but really worth it. I made it from Pauls Hollywood recipe- pinched from BBC foods. You don’t need many ingredients, just time and patience.

300g/10½oz strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting

5g fast-action yeast

1 tsp salt

200ml/7fl oz warm water

25g/1oz unsalted butter, melted

250g/9oz cold unsalted butter, in a block

100g/3½oz caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

Make the dough- use mixer, makes it so much easier, I didn’t put any sugar in the dough as I planned for plenty of it in the layers. When the dough is rising, porm the butter into a rectangle and cool it in the fridge.

When the dough doubled in size, tip it on the working surface (sprinkled with more flour) and roll out into a big square. Put the butter in the middle and cover with the dough. Roll into a rectangle, fold in thirds, cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge. Half a hour later roll it out into a rectangle, fold again and fridge. Repeat at least once more.

Roll out the pastry, sprinkle with sugar (I used mixture of brown and white and a bit of cinnamon), fold over and cut into squares. Put those squares into a muffin tray with corners forming a crown.

Bake for 30-40 minutes in hot oven (gas 7, 220C) until golden brown.

Use only real butter- you will be able to taste it. Enjoy!

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