I avoided making this recipe during the beta testing cos I was simply afraid of making laminated pastry..esp. in our hot weather here in Singapore. But this had to be the first recipe scheduled for our new baking group, Rose's Alpha Bakers. So I guess this is the push factor for me try making it at least once right?
- I followed instructions to the tee. Everything seemed ok until the step where I poured the superfine sugar onto countertop and rolled my dough and after place in the freezer/fridge
- to my dismay, after an hour later, my dough turned into a syrupy mess..the sugar melted and there was syrupy liquid leaking from the dough...probably due to the moisture it absorbed from condensation...
Even so, I carried on with final step, rolled the dough on the countertop with sugar..and baked as instructed. During the last step, as I was rolling the dough, it was clear that my butter wasn't rolled properly..and must have had breakage or something I didn't do right cos there was uneven bits and pieces of butter all over the dough. You can see the butter pieces on the photo above..quite obvious.
Nonetheless, I proceeded with cutting, shaping and baking.
While the Kouigns Amanns were baking, there were lots of oil seepage...A LOT.. so much so my tray had a puddle of oil/butter (I forgot to take picture!). The baked Amanns looked ok and tasted extremely sweet and oily, and I really didn't like it at all. But everyone else in my family thought it tasted great.
I wasn't happy with earlier result..because it didn't look or taste like the usual Kouigns Amanns should look like..but wasn't sure I would try making again. It didn't look dark and caramelised totally, neither had very flaky top that you would expect in laminated pastry. Interior was super soft..maybe too soft..? I think the Japanese bread flour probably better for making Asian breads...(cos we prefer our bread loaves/buns very very soft and fluffy....lol..)
TRY AGAIN! :)
(If you fail, try again, you won't die from it! ..that's what my hubby always say...!)
Yup, that's what I did. 2-days later, I happened to be in another supermarket and saw King Arthur's bread flour and I thought, maybe I should give it a go again. I bought the recommended Kerry Gold Irish butter (I wanted to use Lurpark actually..about same price..)..and this time I bought salted butter instead!
Also, I made the following changes:-1) put the dough in the fridge after proofing for 1 hour. Cold dough is easier to roll with butter (that's what I think..may not be true..!)
2) pound the salted butter with about 1/4 cup of flour
3) added the fine (not superfine) sugar in the dough while turning, thus I made an extra turn. (So much easier to handle and no syrupy mess!) only towards the last step, I had some sugar on the counter top when I rolled my dough...so was less messy also..
4) rolled the dough into 24" x 8" long and cut the dough into 12 x 4" pcs. I baked them in 3.2" pastry rings. I like them smaller..cos more crunchy surface area imho. Perhaps next time (if my backside itchy and want to make again...hahaha), I'll try 24" x 6" / 12" x 12" and cut them into 3" square each, yielding 16pcs.
My hands look quite nice here isn't it? hahaha..
Above photos: All finished shaping and left to proof for an hour.
I like how I can see so many layers of dough..
Above photos: I couldn't wait for it to cool down and cut them into 2.
The top was so flakey and crispy..and bottom hardened with caramelised sugar. Inside was full of layers, soft, butter and sugary. This time my family could tell the difference and everyone gave the thumbs up. And I'm happy cos now they looked like those sold at the bakeries..:)
P/S: I turned on the air-conditioner to 20c for entire day! I had to work quickly too cos it was too cold to be in the kitchen. LOL! Now I realised why the pastry kitchen where I work is always super cold..the air-condition in our office is cold but no where compared to the pastry kitchen!
I still have 2 more in the freezer for the souffle version, but I have not made it yet. Will update later when I do... The reason why I'm delaying here is because I think these alone are very fattening..and to make it with heavy cream and all, I need to take a break first and exercise off the calories before I proceed to the souffle variation. LOL! :)