"...if it's bread tastes like Kleenex?" - Julia Child
I do so enjoy a Julia Child quote... :)
Kouign-Amann (pronounced roughly kwin-ammon) is to die for. It is everything that's wonderful (and terrible) in a dessert. It's got pastry, it's got butter, and it's got sugar. Lots of butter, and lots of sugar. It's delicious, but it's sooo caloric! Oof! Small bites! Anyway, it comes from the Breton people of France, and it is more or less a croissant with sugar, baked in a cake form. To make it, we made a soft dough which we rolled out into a long rectangle. We then spread softened butter over 2/3 of the dough and sprinkled approximately 50g of white sugar over the butter. Then we folded the bare third of the dough over onto the sugared part, and folded the other exposed third over that. Let this chill, then roll out into a rectangle, sprinkle with another 50g of sugar, tri-fold and chill. Roll out into a large square, spread another 50g of sugar over the whole surface, fold the corners into the middle like an envelope, and repeat folding. Then flip this into your cake pan and bake. Halfway thru baking, remove from the often, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with more sugar before returning to the oven. Yum. Just, yum.
|Kouign-Amann - look at those layers! :)|
|Épis and baguette|
|Onion & cheese loaf|
|Baguette, wreath, hat|
|Fleur de campagne|
|Saucipain (photo courtesy of Kelly)|
So, the school year is finished now for the summer. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I'm very glad for the break... But on the other hand, it seems silly to take 3 months off, when we only have about 3 months left to finish. A two week break would have sufficed? *sigh* If we were to continue the course through the summer, I think we would be finished by the end of September. It makes more sense to me. But, I'm not the one in charge. So... instead, I face the decision of whether or not to a) look for a full-time summer job that may or may not continue as part-time when school starts, b) look for any full- or part-time summer work I can find, or c) just enjoy my last free summer and work on some personal projects, and hope for a few baking jobs on the side to have a bit of income.
|Brioches et pains briochés - exam|