To start off the new year I went on a sweets crawl of Beverly Hills with my friends Krista Simmons and Nick Wilson. It was epic sweetness overload and the highlight of it was Bouchon Bakery. I could have spent the entire day in that sweet little spot devouring everything they had to offer. From canele’s to chocolate bouchons to bread pudding and even pretzels there was nothing here that I didn’t fall head over heals in love with!
The “queen” of Bouchon Bakery’s pastries truly is the kougin-amann (prounounced queen ah-mahn). The kougin-amann hails from Brittany, France. It is folds of lamenated dough (think croissant meets palmier) sprinkled with butter and sugar with a caramelized sugar bottom. Bouchon’s kougin-amann is doughy and delicate with a sugar coated bottom like a creme brule. It is a disc of caramelized sugar that shatters with each bite, sticky and addictive. This pastry is absolutely heavenly- rich, decadent sugary perfection.
You can also enjoy this kougin-amann in bread pudding form. Yes even more butter and sugar, warm and gooey and luscious. Ask for it warmed if you are enjoying it at the bakery or heat it up at home.
Another favorite was the seasonal almond croissant. It was floral, zesty gorgeouness. Perfectly flaky, tender and packed with winter citrus. I can’t wait to try their summer version!
Read more about our sweet crawl through Beverly Hills here.
LienJanuary 7, 2013
You’re a kougin-amann! Miss you, Stassie.
GastronomerJanuary 7, 2013
This post makes me happy. Fuck detoxing and cleanses in the new year 😉
banana wonderJanuary 8, 2013
The almond croissant sounds delicious with a citrus tang! Also, whoa, pretzel spotting! Tell me about it!
EsiJanuary 8, 2013
Such a good bakery. It’s better for my hips that I don’t work across the street from there anymore.
KirstynJanuary 8, 2013
That looks AMMAAAAZING! I love canales!
lynn @ the actor's dietJanuary 8, 2013
i’ve yet to try the kougin-amann but i have sampled many of bouchon’s deliciousness – looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!!!
RachelJanuary 10, 2013
Oh, I loved my visit to Bouchon! I’m originally from England before I came to LA, and I also lived in France, so I hold my pastries to a high standard, and my bread. I really don’t like most of the bread you can buy in general stores like Trader Joes or Ralphs, so I originally headed over there for bread, but I had a sandwich and some pattisserie, and while they were not perfect, they are the closest thing to authentic Paris I have tasted since moving to Los Angeles!
Kristine HinterkopfMarch 19, 2013
Their Kouign Amann is insanely good. I always tell myself I’ll only eat half and save the rest for later – never works out that way though!!