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 Girl