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Croissant 2.0
Crackling yet moist, sweet yet salty, the only thing kouign amann doesn't have going for it is an easy-to-say name (koo-ween ah-mahn). Celtic for "butter cake," kouign amann is a Breton pastry similar to the croissant but folds in more butter, sugar, and salt. Two sources: Les Madeleines ($27 for four; and Williams-Sonoma ($40 for eight;