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Making Croissants at home

Making Croissants

Julie Whitmarsh
Croissants are a wonderful pastry to enjoy at any time of day. Fill them with both sweet or savoury toppings to make it a meal, or simply enjoy with a cup of tea as a mid-afternoon snack! These croissants are a bit of an all-day affair, so I recommend preparing the dough prior to baking them. However, they are so worth it when you get to enjoy a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven, flaky, buttery pastry you made yourself!
Prep Time 5 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 55 mins
Course Breads, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 12 Croissants

Ingredients
 
 

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
Keyword Breads, Croissant, Pain aux Chocolat
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