Active Time: 2 Hours
Total Time: 24 Hours
Combine the bread flour and the salt in a mixing bowl, whisk together until combined.
Cut the butter into ¼ inch slices and add to the flour/salt mix.
With a fork, cut the butter into the flour leaving plenty of large chunks.
Add the water and mix by hand until combined. It will look incomplete, but it is ready to be refrigerated for 1 hour.
Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out on a floured surface.
Roll out until its 12x 18 inch rectangle and ¼ inch thick high.
Fold dough in thirds, fold the top third over the bottom third, and the bottom over the top third, like a letter
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Repeat 5 more times, refrigerating every hour alternating the direction the dough is facing, when rolling.
Combine the sugar and salt, whisk together. Using the room temperature butter, brush a small layer in the muffin mold.
Use this sugar and salt mix in place of flouring the table. This will help allow the dough not to stick to the surface, but to create a nice caramel layer when baking the dough.
Roll the dough to about ¼ inch thick and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the dough. Cut into 3 inch squares. Bring all four corners together in the center and pinch tightly so they stick together. This should resemble a dumpling.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 380°F.
Once rested, place the pan in the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to rest for a few minutes.
Using kitchen tongs, release the pastry from the tin while it’s still warm and rest on a wire rack.
Finish the top of each kouign-amann with a different fruit fluid gel (below) and serve.
Choose the fruit powder that works best for your recipe. Choose from raspberry, strawberry, lemon, pineapple, banana, and pear.
Place the water in a heavy bottom pot.
In a separate container mix together the sugar, agar, perfected xanthan gum, fruit powder, and citric acid.
Whisk the water and sprinkle in the dry ingredients. Place the pot over medium high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
Once the mixture has come to a boil pour it into a container and cool it completely. The mixture will solidify.
Cut the solid gel into cubes and place them in a blender.
Blend the gel while constantly scraping the sides. Continue to blend until smooth.
Pass the fluid gel through a super bag to ensure there are no clumps.
Place in a squirt bottle and cool until needed.