National kouign amann (pronounced “queen ah-mahn”) day, coming up next Tuesday, June 20, is a day San Francisco’s famed b. patisserie has been celebrating for years. This time around, they’re extending the tradition to their counter in Kona Coffee Purveyors at International Market Place. For one day only, b. patisserie will release eight special flavors aside from their original, black sesame and chocolate flavors, each created by an owner or pastry chef.
A kouign amann is a delicate Breton pastry that’s lightly sweet, tantalizingly crisp and utterly buttery. In a lengthy and arduous process, the dough is folded many times around copious amounts of butter and sugar resulting in hundreds of flaky layers and a molten center of butter and sugar.
The very first time I had a kouign amann was actually here in Hawaii when La Tour Cafe launched their version – a sizable, caramelized creation with a crispy exterior and countless inner layers. Just one kouign amann would render me useless in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon.
Since then, I’ve traveled to both b. patisseries for what is often referred to as the best kouign amann in America. From the very first bite of Belinda Leong’s kouign amann, I was in love. The light and airy butter cake was the perfect size, just the right amount of sweetness and incredibly delicate. I ended up enjoying two of them since it was so satisfying.
These special kouign amann day flavors created by the cafe owners and the pastry team will be priced at $6 a piece:
Kona coffee, Raymond and Jackie Suiter
Pineapple mango, Sarah Omura
Blueberry cheesecake, Rachel Alvarado and Reid Root
Lemon poppy seed, Mei Sun
Chocolate hazelnut, Sam Lee-McDougall
Matcha black sesame, Susannah Schoolman
Bacon, Kevin Li
Chocolate raspberry, Jon Young
Pre-orders for pick up will be accepted by calling Kona Coffee Purveyors at 450-2364.
In addition to Kona Coffee Purveyors, you can find kouign amann at La Tour Cafe, Watanabe Bakery, Dee Lite Bakery, Baker Dudes and Royal Hawaiian Bakery. Of these, I enjoy the La Tour kouign amann the most as they serve a sinful version of the treat using high-quality ingredients that make all the difference in the end product.
Kona Coffee Purveyors
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave