As you can see from my past posts, I was so looking forward to the return of the Boule kouign aman after its long hiatus. I tried BLD's version. I tried to replicate it myself at home. Nothing compared. Made it to the Atelier yesterday for one. What a horrible disappointment.
We didn't recognize them at first - because the staff had them displayed upside down. When ours was flipped over and presented to us, we understood why - it was burnt all around the edges. Even worse, there was no sweet, soft, buttery center. Just dry layers of puff pastry all the way through. A sad, shadow of its forebearers.
On the upside, the cashier refunded our money. On the downside, a once proud pastry has been reduced to ash. A sad day indeed.
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