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Making Croissants

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posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 09:08 PM
Hi, if you're reading this, I'm glad to see some fellow bakers!
Baking is a relatively new thing for me. Tonight I'm trying out a new recipe, and one that I never imagined I'd attempt.
I'm making the dough for delicious, buttery, flaky, French-y (lol).. croissants.
I found a couple of good recipes-- I'm using the first recipe for the dough, because it calls for brown sugar rather than regular and I think that will be good, and for the author's excellent step by step demonstrations; the second tomorrow when I bake these and add chocolate to some, ham and cheese to others, and leave the rest plain-- because I'd rather roll the croissant the way the second recipe suggests.

I thought I'd share the recipes I found, and let you know how my first batch turns out. For novice bakers-- if I can do it, so can you!!!
For not-so-novices-- any advice/suggestions from experience you can give me for making croissants?
Follow the link for more info and how-to pictures.

1 1/2 cups milk lukewarm
1/4 cup brown sugar packed
3 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour up to 4 cups if needed
1 tbsp salt
1 1/2 cups butter unsalted, cold
1 egg for egg wash
US Customary - Metric

1.In the bowl of a mixer, add the warm milk, brown sugar, yeast and stir it with a fork slightly. Let it stand for about 5 minutes. If the yeast is good, the mixture will get all foamy as the yeast dissolves. It could take a bit longer but if your yeast does not dissolve, see recipe notes.
2. Add the flour and salt to the bowl. Using the dough hook, mix on low speed for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and very soft. I used about 3 1/4 cups of flour, but if you need more because the dough is too sticky than just add more, about 1 tbsp at a time. You might want to start with 3 cups and add as needed. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and knead for a couple more minutes on your working surface. The dough needs to be soft and slightly sticky. Place the dough back in the bowl, wrap it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour.
3.While the dough is chilling, prepare the butter. Arrange the sticks of butter horizontally on a piece of plastic wrap. Cover the butter with another piece of plastic wrap. Pound and roll out on both sides until the butter forms a nice 8 by 5 inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
4. Flour your work surface lightly then roll out the dough into a big rectangle that's about 16 by 10 inches. Place the butter directly in the center of the dough and fold the dough as you would a letter, bottom third of dough over butter, then top third down over the dough. If you have any excess flour, make sure you brush that off.
5. Turn the dough so that the short side is nearest you and start rolling it another 16 by 10 inch rectangle. Fold in thirds like a letter again. This was the first fold. Wrap it up in plastic wrap and chill it for another hour.
6. Repeat as above. With the short side near you, start rolling until you get another 16 by 10 inch rectangle. Fold it in thirds again, wrap and chill for another hour. Repeat this 3 more times so that it will make a total of 5 folds. After the last fold, refrigerate it over night or at least for 8 hours.
7. Cut the dough in half, freeze half if you're only going to use half of it. Roll out each piece of dough into a long rectangle, so that it's about 1/4 of an inch in thickness. I found it easier if I cut the piece into 3 pieces, so that I work with 3 squares. Using a pizza cutter, cut each square into 4 triangles.
8. Using one triangle at a time, start rolling from the wide side, at the same time, stretching the end of the triangle. Continue rolling the croissant, and as you'll notice because you stretched into a long piece, you'll be able to roll the croissant a few times.
9. Repeat this with remaining dough and place the croissants on an ungreased baking sheet, with about 1 to 2 inches in between them.
10. Let the croissants sit for another hour, you'll notice they'll rise a bit, then brush them with egg wash. You can make the croissants ahead of time and refrigerate them for up to 18 hours before baking. If you're making them ahead, make sure to cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap.
11. Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the croissants for 8 to 12 minutes at 400 F degrees then turn down the heat to 375 F degrees and bake them for another 8 to 12 minutes. You want to make sure they are nice and golden brown.

YEAST: Always check the expiration date on your yeast and make sure it hasn't expired. All your yeast products whether it’s in a jar or a package should be stamped with a “Best if Used by” date. Always make sure you check this date, even when you purchase the yeast, who knows it could have been on the shelf past its expiry date.
Make sure your milk is not too hot or it could kill the yeast which will cause your dough not to rise at all. The ideal temperature for the milk should be between 105 F degrees and 110 F for proofing. While 95 F degrees is the best temperature for yeast to multiply, that's not warm enough for proofing active dry yeast.
To keep your yeast fresh and longer lasting, unopened yeast packages or jars should be stored in a cool or dry place such as your cupboard. However, you can also store your yeast in the fridge or freezer. If you do store it in the freezer and need to use yeast for your baking, make sure you take out the amount you need and let it sit at room temperature for at least half hour before using.
Once your yeast package or jar has been opened, you must refrigerate the yeast or freeze it in an airtight container.
One thing to remember about your yeast, is that it is a living organism and over time it will lose activity, even if you’ve never opened the jar or package. So if you don’t bake often, buy the smaller yeast packages rather than a big jar of yeast.
FILLING: You can add various fillings to your croissants just before rolling them. Try chocolate, fruit jams or even ham and cheese!
Yields: 24 croissants or 32 smaller croissants. In the pictures above I made 32 smaller croissants, but nutritional information per croissant shown below assumes 24 croissants.

And this recipe for chocolate croissants:

This thread is not for those who value their health, LOL. Thanks for reading, friends. Enjoy the rest of your day/week!

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posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 09:50 PM
Oh dear lord... as someone recently ordered to be gluten free by a doc, I find this topic tragically delicious. I cannot believe I will never be able to devour bread fresh from the oven. Croissants, like some females, make the idea of a loving creator god almost plausible.

Thank you Monsanto/Bayer for making bread poisonous to a significant and growing segment of the population.

Sorry to tangent your thread, but I really really love/d Croissants and had to share my sorrow.

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:00 PM
a reply to: Baddogma

Oh man I genuinely do feel for you. I truly hope you find lots and lots of delicious food to replace what you're giving up (and feel better right away).

And you're right that Monsanto/Bayer is responsible for so much grief. They're just awful, all the way back to the inception.

Thanks for adding to the croissant appreciation thread, though very sorry it's a lament.

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:41 PM
Sounds GREAT!!

Pastry / Cake baking is one of my weakest cooking points! In other words, I suck at it. My bread baking skills (other than a bread machine) is golden subject matter for a stand up comic. I applaud you.

Fortunately for me though, my wife is a Chef and her specialty was baking (I think there's a word for it ????).

It's probably a good thing I'm so horrible at it because I love, love, LOVE baked breads, cakes and pastries! I probably wouldn't be able to fit through the door if I actually knew how to do it!

My croissant baking skills pretty much end at the crack open Pillsbury tube thingies you can get in the egg/butter section of the market. And, I'm sure I could probably figure out a way to screw those up even!

I fancy myself a pretty darn good cook on most things, but baking is more art than science. (and I suck at art).
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posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:44 PM

originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Fortunately for me though, my wife is a Chef and her specialty was baking (I think there's a word for it ????).

Pâtissier or Boulanger.

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:49 PM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

Sounds like you and your wife make a great team!
Also-- I saw your delicious salmon recipe yesterday-- just the type of stuff I'll need to counteract all the unhealthy baked goods I've been trying out

I'm almost done laminating the dough and about to let it rest overnight. So far so good!

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:56 PM
a reply to: zosimov

We did take a pretty exotic baking class last summer, just for fun. It was pretty hard (for me). Of course, the wife was the star of that show.

I think I was probably the comedy extra.

I did okay though...under very close supervision (by the Fire Department).

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 10:59 PM
Seriously though...I think baking is one of the most difficult cooking skills to truly learn and perfect.

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 11:06 PM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

Lol. Sounds like a lot of fun! I'm sure you two have had a good laugh over that.

And man... you're right. I do think that it will take tons of time to master the skills of baking.
In the meantime...
there will be lots of good food to sample while I'm practicing!

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 11:39 PM
I can make bread, crust for pasties, and crust for pies. That is about it. We used to buy some really good refrigerated croisants years ago, but they quit selling that brand around here. the other ones in the store fridge section suck.

posted on Feb, 20 2019 @ 11:42 PM
a reply to: rickymouse

Don't forget your cakes!

I bought that European butter you suggested in the yellow cake thread. It's really good, you're right.

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posted on Feb, 21 2019 @ 12:18 AM
a reply to: Baddogma

You should look in to naturally leavened wild yeast breads. I have customers with Ciliac, Crohn's, gluten intolerances et all. They can eat my bread no problem. Some eating for the first time in decades. And it's loaden with gluten. Gluten isn't the enemy. It's the gluten that's produced by the single strain of commercial yeast. It leavens quickly and reliably and the peptides produced are hard for some to break down. Naturally leavened dough, with long rise times, are a different animal and easy for those with even the most sensitive guts to digest. Keep an eye out in your area and try it out.

posted on Feb, 21 2019 @ 11:27 AM

originally posted by: zosimov
a reply to: rickymouse

Don't forget your cakes!

I bought that European butter you suggested in the yellow cake thread. It's really good, you're right.

About two or three times a year the LOL Eu butter goes on sale for between three and three fifty a pound. We usually buy about ten pounds or more for the freezer. At five fifty, the regular price in the store, it isn't in our budget

posted on Feb, 21 2019 @ 02:18 PM

I'd highly recommend the recipe but only if you have lots of time (there's a decent amount of labor, but more importantly, lots of wait time to chill the dough and to allow it to rise).

These are really good.

posted on Feb, 22 2019 @ 08:46 AM
a reply to: slowisfast

Thank you for the glimmer of hope.

I shall. You may have saved a life : )

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