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Stork Great British Bake Off Challenge: Kouign Amann

by MM
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Stork recently challenged me to take part in their ‘Great British Bake Off’ challenge – which involves recreating the technical challenge. I totally picked the wrong week as I ended up having to bake a Kouign Amann, something neither I, or the bakers on GBBO had ever heard of.

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When the stunning hamper, including all the ingredients and utensils required to bake the Breton cake arrived, it was at that moment that the enormity of the challenge sunk in.

I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination, much preferring to cook a main meal dish and certainly do not have the patience to create masterpieces that Chetna, Richard and co have.

This was going to be a nightmare! Thanks Stork! 😉

Everything was set in place and I started the challenge by making the dough. With Dry Active yeast, I had to let the dough prove slightly longer and waited impatiently for an hour and a half, next time I shall leave it slightly longer. Note: This recipe takes several hours, so make sure you have a book to hand!

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Ready to be proved…

The recipe was for a Caramalised Pecan Kouign Amann… I did not include the pecans… frankly, I don’t like them so if I have to bake and eat the cake… I would like to actually eat it. Marked down already!

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Ready to go into the oven…

Baking was certainly made easier with Stork, unfortunately I did not have to bash the butter as much as I had hoped! The recipe was slightly different to what the GBBO bakers followed on Wednesday’s episode – so I mixed the two recipes together, taking on board the important advice from Paul Hollywood that Kouign Amann requires 3 turns. I found that I did not use all the sugar as required either, the final product was simply divine and with a caramelised top, bottom and side it gave the perfect crispy bite.

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The finished bake…

Adding salt flakes to the top was ingenious and a nice surprise to this sweet bread.

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The under side…

I shall definitely be making Kouign Amann again and will follow the Stork recipe, however I shall definitely give myself longer next time, in order for the dough to prove for slightly longer. It had risen to the point of being at least twice in size but was very tacky when removing from the bowl to roll the first time.

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Layers!

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Nom, nom, nom…

If you would like to try your hand at baking a Kouign Amann, here is the recipe… Prepare yourself for a very calorific cake… almost like a sweet croissant than when cooked to perfection should be layered…

The lovely Penny from Wayfairer has recently made a stunning Lemon Tart, clearly everyone has the GBBO bug at the moment – but not only that – she is offering the chance for Wayfairer readers to win £150 of Great British Bake Off Bakeware – go and check it out!!

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Kouign Amann Recipe Click to Enlarge…

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24 comments

Boo Roo and Tigger Too September 22, 2014 - 4:59 pm

I’ve never been brave enough to make a recipe that involves yeast, I’m too worried about not leaving to long enough. Maybe I need to overcome my worries and give it a go

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:19 am

I will definitely leave it for longer next time but it still turned out so well, will be making another soon! 🙂 x

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Otilia September 22, 2014 - 6:28 pm

This bread looks interestingly weird…but I am going to try it.

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:18 am

It is, it’s hard to think it is in effect just bread but it is so yummy and very moreish!

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Kate Takes 5 (@KateTakes5) September 22, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Yeast scares me a bit too, but it;s always good to try new things! We are loving GBBO this year. It’s a weekly date for the kids and me (and the treacle pud :))

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:17 am

Yes!!! Heather and I watch it together, it’s our guilty pleasure whilst the kids are making a mess! 😉 Very easy to make and control, don’t be scared, give it a try! 🙂 x

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Pinkoddy September 22, 2014 - 7:13 pm

you did an excellent job. I need to cook more.

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MM September 24, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Awww thanks lovely!! It was much easier than expected to make and very very yummy!x

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Emma September 22, 2014 - 8:07 pm

ooh well done you, that looks fab. I was intriugued how it would turn out after seeing the lovely hamper in your feed.

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:17 am

Thank you chick!! I was all for it going spectacularly wrong, but it didn’t! I must start baking more!

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Carolin September 22, 2014 - 8:15 pm

That looks amazing. I might actually try this as I love pecans x

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:16 am

It looks delicious with the pecans and expect it is really tasty, but even the simple version is deliciou!x

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HPMcQ September 22, 2014 - 9:25 pm

give me some now!!!! sounds amazing

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:15 am

Nooooo, it is all mine!! I couldn’t help but have another slice every time I walked by! 😉

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Donna@MummyCentral September 22, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Mmmmmm. Looks yummy

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:15 am

It was super, super yummy and sugary and crispy in all the right places 🙂

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becky September 23, 2014 - 4:59 am

Ooh well done indeed

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:14 am

Thank you chick! Very proud of myself indeed, will definitely try it again!

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Sonya Cisco September 23, 2014 - 8:42 am

I had never heard of it either, sounded delicious though!

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:14 am

It will always be etched on my brain now as something to bake – despite it being a dough, it was actually really easy to make 😀

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Emma September 23, 2014 - 9:12 am

Ooooh, that looks great. I always forget about Stork. x

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:13 am

Stork made it so much easier to make the cake – not as much bashing as I expected unfortunately 🙁

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Aly September 23, 2014 - 9:31 am

That looks and sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of it before either, one to put on the to try list I think.

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MM September 23, 2014 - 11:10 am

I certainly won’t forget it now! It is absolutely delicious!

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