What are Kweenies™, you ask? It’s Big Dave’s special take on a famous French pastry.
Like a croissant on steroids. Kouign-amann (“kween a-mahn”), is a Breton cake, described in the New York Times as “the fattiest pastry in all of Europe.” The name comes from the Breton language words for cake and butter. We call them Kweenies because that’s easier to remember. Check out the video from Big Dave himself below.
You can also view the entire baking process with Dominique Ansel in the below episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Raw Craft.
Kweenies have really taken off with our customers. Every week someone is asking the next day they will be available. We hope that you’ll get to experience a Kweenie very soon! Check our online ordering menu and app – when you see them available there, that means we’re selling them.
We also recently learned there is a Kouign-Amann Society based in France. Here is a bit of info from the Society about this amazing pastry:
The Kouign-Amann was invented in 1860 at Douarnenez, Place Gabriel Péri at the home of Monsieur and Madame Crozon. One day when the store was very busy, the baker Yves René Scordia wanted to quickly supply the shop, he had bread dough, butter and sugar on hand and as he also had to know the puff pastry technique which consists by successively folding the dough, the Kouign-Amann was born. The result was surprising: a flaky cake, full of butter and caramelized sugar with a little taste of hazelnut butter and fermentation under a golden and caramelized crust, this is Kouign-Amann.