Croissants

16 Feb

Over this past year, I have become addicted to croissants! So of course, I had to try and make them myself to see if I could AND what goes into them. Lets just say they are definitely worth homemaking if you have the time. (And now I also understand why they cost a pretty penny).

I started to Google for a good recipe. I mean, if I was going to invest the time in making them, I was going to get the best! So I stumbled across the Julia Childs / Esther McManus on PBS video at http://www.pbs.org/juliachild/meet/mcmanus.html. Here’s where it all began. I realized they don’t have any of the recipe or notes written down for you, so I grabbed a pen and paper and off we went. 2 hours later and 4 pages of notes I think I got it all!!! So off to the kitchen.

I started on Thursday evening. I made the dough portion and the butter portion, stuck it in the refrigerator and off to bed as it can sit overnight (recommended). I set my alarm to 4am to get up to do round 2. After completion of inserting the butter ball into the dough and rolling, it was back into the fridge for another few hours. I then went back to bed and woke up at 7am. I went for round 3 and rolled the dough and made the 1st fold and put back into the fridge. Then off to work (I do have a full time day job). I came home for lunch to do the 2nd fold, back into the fridge…and then after work to do the 3rd fold. Whew!

Now at this point the dough would technically be ready that night, however it must proof in the oven for 3 hours before actually cooking so I decided to wait until Saturday morning to proof and bake so back into the fridge until morning.

Ok…Saturday morning! I took the dough out, cut the pieces and rolled as showed on the video. I stuck them in the oven for 3 hours to proof and then turned the oven on and baked for a measly 15 minutes! Viola! They were BEAUTIFUL!!!! And very tasty! All in all, it made 15 plain and 15 chocolate and needless to say they were all gone by the end of the day. So even though it took roughly 3 days to conquer, it was quite a rewarding experience. I definitely advise anyone out there interested to try it! If you want any of the tips and tricks I used, please feel free to comment me.

Good Luck!

~ Good Girl

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13 Responses to “Croissants”

  1. yumology February 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks for the comment! You should try the cupcake pops…they’re super yummy. I love your blog! These croissants so amazing! I have always wanted to try to make them, but am scared about the amount of butter…haha.

    • luvyduvy55 February 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

      Definitely a lot of butter, but a loooot of it comes out during cooking. I actually had to sop it up about 5 times to keep it from running over the baking sheet while in the oven! Also, they are very time consuming to make. It took me about 2 – 3 days in full…but DEFINITELY worth every second! You will hate buying them after you make them! Just remember that they go bad by the next day so make sure you make them when you can get rid of them all in the same day…like a brunch!!! Looking forward to making the “pops”! I will let you know how it goes!!

  2. Mela February 22, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Wow! Very impressive indeed!!

  3. Karla February 24, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Wow! I’ve always wanted to make croissants! I’ve made puff pastry but this seems like a whole other ball game! Great job!!

    • Goodie Girl February 24, 2010 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you! Yeah, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into until it was too late! Haha…but definitely worth every second!

  4. amira February 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    They look sooooooooooo tempting!!!

    Can u please add the recipe you used?

    I’d love to try…

    Tnx.

    • Goodie Girl February 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

      No Problem! I will try and type out my notes this week! I literally just watched the videos and took notes from them. 🙂 I have about 4 pages of chicken scratch… hehe….will make them legible for you! 🙂

  5. amira February 25, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    Thanks.

    • Goodie Girl March 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

      Sorry it has been about a week and still no notes for the Croissants. I promise by this week you will have them! I got a little overwhelmed when baking my recent Lollipop Cupcakes…that was a task! Hope you are well!

  6. amira March 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Tnx.

  7. amira April 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Hi,

    Hope to get the recipe real soon…

    The picture is so tempting…

  8. amira April 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi

    I can’t find the recipe…have i missed it?

    thank for your help…

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