Calendrical Pastries: A Pastry for Almost Every Day of the Week

written by: Mary Brown Malouf     photos by: Adam Finkle

Les Madeleines made its name with kouign aman but makes a lot of specialty pastries worth waking up for.

Salt Lake’s own Les Madeleines still makes the best kouign aman I’ve ever tasted. Owner Romina Rasmussen was a pioneer of the pastry in this country. Lucky Utahns were onto this delectable Breton treat long before most people in the U.S. Now they’re everywhere, including mail-order ones from Williams-Sonoma and a strange miso-flavored version in Los Angeles. But the Queen of Kouign makes other amazing treats as well, some available on certain days of the week. Here’s a calendar to help you remember. I suggest hanging it on the fridge so you’ll be reminded every morning that if you just make a small daily pastry investment, you’re going to have a good day.


Almond Croissant, twice baked and filled with frangipane.


Monkey Bread, spiced croissant dough pull-apart bread


Apple Croissant, lightly spiced apples and almond cream filling


Cocoa Puff, brioche wrapped in a croissant filled with chocolate pudding


Have it all!


Address:  216 E. 500 South, SLC


Phone: 801-355-2294

Entrees: $$ (Moderate)

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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