NATIONAL KOUIGN AMANN DAY
National Kouign Amann Day on June 20th each year celebrates a round crusty cake, made with a yeast-raised dough. Bakers create the cake by folding layers of butter and sugar inward, similar in fashion to a puff pastry or croissants but with fewer layers. They then slowly bake the resulting cake until the butter puffs up the dough creating the layered aspect of it and the sugar caramelizes.
Kouign amann is pronounced kween ah-mon.
The name comes from the Breton words for cake, kouign, and butter, amann. In Brittany, Kouign amann is a popular and traditional pastry. There it originated in 1860 when flour was scarce, but butter was abundant.
Now, if you like croissants and you like glazed donuts, you’ll love kouign amann. The flaky, buttery texture of the croissant meets the sweet sugary topping of a donut. But it’s not a cronut. It’s a kouign amann, and it’s been around much longer, too. Plus, it’s celebrated every June 20th.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKouignAmannDay
Buy a kouign amann to share with your family and friends. While you’re at it, pick up two! If you are feeling adventurous, try your hand at making your own. Like most pastries, kouign amann goes well with coffee, tea, and a side of friendship. As you’re celebrating, be sure to give your favorite bakery a shout out using #NationalKouignAmannDay on social media.
NATIONAL KOUIGN AMANN DAY HISTORY
In 2015, b.patisserie created National Kouign Amann Day to share the buttery, delicious cake known as Kouign Amann with the world.
On June 18, 2015, the Registrar of National Day Calendar proclaimed the celebration to be observed officially on June 20th, annually.
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