It's hard enough to find a great Kouign Amann in any US city...so it's even better to find one you can bake fresh yourself. Enter in San Francisco-based Galaxy Desserts, best known for their frozen croissant dough that has been a Williams Sonoma bestseller for years. That doughbakes up as beautiful, golden wonders. But my heart is with their Kouign Amann, delivered as eight individual pastries. Nestle each into the provided mold and let proof overnight at room temperature. They'll have doubled in size by the morning, and all you have to do is brush with an egg wash and pop in the oven.
A short 30 minutes later and your kitchen is bound to smell of butter and sugar—the scent is yeasty and sweet, undeniably attractive. Each single-serving is perfect for breakfast, the exterior a deep golden brown, caramelized to a delicate crunchy bite. I like to peel it off layer by layer, though traditionalists will say that getting every buttery, laminated layer in each bite is the way to do it. Galaxy also offers frozen brioche dough and amini Parker House rolls. Same process, proof and bake. I won't tell anyone it wasn't made from scratch if you won't.
Available online at Williams-Sonoma