Monday, June 27, 2011

Bake time: Croissants

I am not entirly sure why, but today I decided to bake, of all things, croissants. Well, I have done it once with mild success before so I guess I figured it would be no problem. Croissants are made with a laminated dough-basically layers of dough between layers of butter. To start off the butter has to be prepared. it is beaten from its stick form into a rectangle with a bit of flour incroperated into the butter (my recipe called for 3 sticks of butter, and 3 tablespoons flour)
Today I was be careful and actually sifted the flour before I measured it out, then i spooned it into my measuring cup. I am glad i did, because though I sifted three cups (i think) there was a alot more flour left over.

Let's spoon
The dough required a very quick kneading then sat for a bit in the fridge 
Gotta roll out the dough into a BIG rectangle

after making a nice 18x8 inch rectangle I took my big butter rectangle and covered 2/3 of the dough. Now the layering starts. The 1/3 that is uncovered gets folded over part of the butter slab.

then the top 1/3 comees down on top butter side down creating three layers of dough and butter.

Turn the dough 90 degress, gotta pinch down the sides it says.

Then we roll it out to another 18x8 rectangle and fold it the same way again.

if you can see though my arm, you can see how its folded.
 After rolling it out and folding it twice it needs to go into the fridge to relax the gluten and chill the butter again. After folding a total of 4 times (and resting again) it is ready to be rolled out. I gotta roll it into a 24x12 inch rectangle.
It was too big for my board i was working on so i switched to the laminate countertop. I cut the rectangle in half, half for croissants half for pan au chocolat. I cut my lovely triangles

Now to rolling. Cut the back a little.

Start rolling from the inside corners out

Tee da! now dont forget to shape it

Look, I even made a video of how to roll a croissant!
 So look: the one on the left is my first one and the joy of cooking method, one of the right is one of my last ones after looking up how to on youtube and coppied the guy who i could not understand.
Now pan au chocolat is simpler with just being squares all rolled up with an egg  was at the end seam to seal things up.

 Chocolate on one side, roll over

 and make sure the seam is on the bottom or it will unravel
 I tried to do it with strawberry jam, but the jam is a bit runny. its still really really pretty.
 After rolling eveyone out have it sit at room temp for an hour and a half-dont stick it in the oven on the bread proofing setting or the butter will start to melt. Also, dont forget to give it a nice egg wash for a beautiful golden color.

Nom. It turned out quite good. I am saving them for breakfast, but boy do i want some now!

I saved a couple and put them raw in the frezzer for later. all i have to do is pull them a day before and left them defrost and ill have fresh croissants later.

Really not that hard, I used the Joy of Cooking recipe...anyone have a favorite croissant recipe? I'd love to hear how it goes if anyone is brave enough to try!


  1. Those look so good! I am amazed, since I never could make croissants.

  2. Those look delicious! I'm impressed too, I've always heart croissants are really hard to make.

  3. oh my those look delicious, I have always wanted to try making croissants, might have to give it a shot now.