Better late than never croissants (Daring Bakers September Challenge).

Saturday, October 1, 2011



Look! Croissants! I’ll give you a moment to admire their buttery goodness. While you look, I’ll just trot out the blog-checking lines.

The Daring Bakers go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!



I can’t believe my little hands actually turned out these delectable pastries. The last time I attempted a laminated dough, almost two years back, it took quite a few tries to get right. And since that full-on effort, I’d shied away completely from home made puff pastry.

Thanks Sarah for helping me out of that lull.

The challenge recipe was really thorough and easy to follow, I didn’t tweak any of the measurements although I did make one small change in the method (edit: I made these croissants after some initial kinks with the challenge recipe were ironed out. I didn't realise earlier bakers had some problems). After watching this Youtube clip(not in English, I think it’s Cantonese but the visuals are very informative), I decided to “envelope” the butter in the dough, rather than folding it in the thirds as the recipe suggested. All other folds I made according to the recipe.



Making croissants is a lot easier than it sounds, the only requirement is time, lots of it. The dough needs to be proofed/ rested for a grand total of 9 hours (broken down in to 3hrs, 1.5hrs, 2x2hrs, and 1 hr). But some of this proofing can be done overnight in the fridge.



As it panned out, I finished baking the croissants last night, stored them in an airtight container on the counter overnight, then refreshed them in the oven this morning for a warm, decadent weekend breakfast. With nutella. Of course.


Rolling the croissants into shape was the really fun bit. Even MC Senior had a couple of turns.



Have a fabulous weekend, and do check out what my fellow Daring Bakers came up with.

14 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

Now I need to bake another batch. How did I not think to eat some with Nutella. Yours look scrumptious!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

That first photo has convinced me that they are worth it........... Thank you so much and well done, they look wondeful....and naturally nutella which looks and tastes good on everything, including the index finger....I'll have to try this when the house and kitchen are ready

Audax said...

Well I'm so glad that they worked out so well and that your small fear of laminated dough is over with. They look so beautiful well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Renata said...

Made me hungry! Delicious croissants! A well deserved weekend breakfast treat!

Barbara said...

Love your better late than never! It's never too late to make croissants! These turned out perfectly, Shaz!

Heavenly Housewife said...

You've done such a beautiful job, they look so nice and puffy. Way to go for stepping out and trying something out of your comfort zone!
*kisses* HH

Lora said...

They look perfect. I have never tried making croissants. Must put them on the to do list in the future.

Julianna said...

They look fantastic. Well done!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Oh I can eat at least 5 of them. Yummy!

babe_kl said...

I just attended a puff pastry demo and it's really not that tough I would think, like you mentioned, just need plenty of waiting time. Good one there ;-)

pierre said...

abd this is my daily routine I bought them just downstairs in my favorite bakery !!pierre

Beth said...

Your croissants are absolutely glorious. Congratulations!

grace said...

cwahsohn making is definitely an art, and you've done a stellar job with it! most impressive, shaz. :)

Hungry Dog said...

Holy cow, these are amazing! I don't think I would have the nerve to try them. Impressed as usual, shaz...