Attempting to Make Croissants at Home
Reflecting on 2020, the tail end of the year, rather like the beginning and if I’m perfectly honest, the middle bits too, have been a tad chaotic. All the plans we thought we may have made, have had to be ripped up again and again.
At least when I was with Andy in France, we could potter out in our car Fifi and just sit at a boulangerie, with a coffee and a viennoiserie. Continue reading here for the Vaucluse Dreamer’s photos of croissants, cycling and living in France. The following is her successful attempt to make croissants and pain aux chocolat at home. The process is not difficult but requires plenty of time.
- 1.1 lb Strong White Flour
- 1/3 oz Salt
- 2 3/4 oz Caster Sugar
- 1/2 oz Instant Yeast
- 1 1/4 cups Cool Water
- 10 1/2 oz Unsalted Butter
- 1 Egg lightly beaten
- Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and water and mix until it forms a sticky dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for an hour.
- Flatten the butter with a rolling pin until it's a few centimetres thick. This works best if it is chilled.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it with a rolling pin until it's slightly thicker than the butter. The butter should cover around two-thirds of the dough when placed over the top. Fold the dough over one half of the dough, then cut the remaining butter and place it on top of the dough you just folded over. Then, fold the bottom part of the dough letter-style over the remaining butter (it should make a sort of "triple-layer-butter-sandwich"). Place into the fridge to chill for another hour.
- Remove the dough, roll it out, and fold it again in 3 ways. You will need to do this 3 more times with an hour in between to chill in the fridge (making these croissants is an all-day affair).
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Roll the dough out one last time and cut into squares. Then, slice in half, and slice each half into acute triangles.
- Take each triangle and roll, starting with the small end, into crescent shapes. Brush with a lightly beaten egg and place into the oven for 8-12 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 375°F (190°C) and bake for another 8-12 minutes.
- Sprinkle with some sea salt or sugar and serve butter and with your choice of sweet or savoury jams or jellies.