Les Madeleine: the Kouing Aman (and the tumultuous trio)

Les Madeleine.  Like so many other posts, another recommendation from the one and only ABountifulKitchen.  Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.  She introduced me to their ever famous (and Food Network featured) pastry, the Kouing Aman, a couple of years ago.  
Mama: “Get this, Brookie.  There’s a place downtown and they sell these french pastries called the Kouing Aman.  Les Madeleine.  You can only order X amount per day and you have to go early.  They run out. Fast.”
Me: “Sounds like one HECK of a pastry.”
Indeed.
But could it really be THAT good?  I personally took it upon myself to compare and contrast Les Madeleine’s Kouing Aman with two other local renditions (Les Madeleine, however, 
was the first in SLC to make it I’llhaveyou….).  
Les Madeleine
vs.
Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli
vs.
Eva’s Bakery
Thoughts? Predictions? A little uncomfortable?
Top left: Eva’s Bakery, Top right: Tony Caputo’s, Bottom: LM
And the winner is ……………….

Boom.  You guessed it.  Les Madeleine for the W.  (Disclaimer: ALL three pastries were delectably delicious.  You can’t go wrong with any of the three.  But if you want the BEST . . .) The perfect combo of flaky, soft, chewy, and buttery.  Perfectly prepared in every way.  If it makes you feel better, I consulted ABountifulKitchen and had her BLINDLY taste all three.  [She agrees.]

So how were they different??
Eva’s Bakery: The flakiest and fluffiest of all three.  And the least expensive, too.  How much??  S’pose you’ll have to go and see.
Tony Caputo’s: The densest, richest, and sweetest of the three.  Served it to me hot off the press.  Wondering how much??  50 cents LESS than Les Madeleine (worth. every. penny.).

Fun taste test.  Full stomach.  Be sure to also check out Les Madeleine for their breakfast, lunch, and case full of jaw-dropping-saliva-making pastry display.

Les Madeleines
216 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 355-2294

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