Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies! I hope all is well for you all and you’re enjoying the beautiful weekend. For me, I spent my day at home with my children and #baking #croissants.
While browsing online earlier today, I came across to a simplified version of Croissants recipe that would only take 5 hours of preparation time as compared to the traditional or classic Croissants recipe that would take 2-3 days. So, I am sharing the recipe with you and I am sure the you’ll love this recipe because it is the shorter and easier version of making Croissants. Sure, there’s a difference with the flakiness but I’m fine with it. The most important is homemade and I know what I’m putting on it.
Although the process or preparation time is significantly shortened, I am very happy with the results and so with my children. My daughter had been asking me forever to make Croissants and as always my excuse was the preparation time of 2-3 days. My children just told me today that I don’t have to make the traditional Croissants anymore but instead they’re happy and fine with the simplified or short cut easy homemade croissants. Yes! they’re delicious with cream cheese or on it’s own.
By the way, with some of the croissants, I added some semi-sweet baking chocolate chips fillings to make the famous French Croissants: “Pain au Chocolat” which happenned to be my favorite! Definitely, it’s delicious too. Although, the recipe says to yield 15 Croissants however, I would highly recommend to divide the dough to 10-12 portions only to make good size Croissants.
Also, I will highly recommend watching Youtube video on how to make Croissants first as the process of making croissants is somewhat tricky. Although I bake a lot and I don’t buy bread anymore, just like most of you, I am not a professional baker but I watched a lot of baking videos before attempting to make any baking recipe. Believe me, it helps a lot and I am able to avoid unnecessary mistakes.
Thanks to @bakingamoment.com #bakingamoment. I’ll attach the link of the webpage at the end of my blog.
EASY HOMEMADE CROISSANTS by Baking a Moment
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast*
- 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, cold (2 1/2 sticks)
- 1 cup milk (you may need slightly more or less)
- egg wash (1 large egg beaten with a teaspoon or two of water)
- Place the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl and whisk together until combined.
- Slice the butter into 1/8-inch thick slices and toss in the flour mixture to coat.
- Add the milk and stir together until a stiff dough forms.
- Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a long rectangle shape.
- Fold it into thirds (like a letter), turn 90 degrees, and repeat 4 to 6 more times, or until the dough has large streaks of butter in it but it is smooth and flat. (If at any point the butter starts to feel soft, chill it in the refrigerator or freezer until stiff.)
- Wrap tightly and chill for 1 more hour, then divide the dough in half and roll each portion out to a thickness of about 1/8-inch, in a long rectangle shape (approx. 10-inches wide by 22-inches long).
- Cut the dough into long, skinny triangles (about 5-inches at the wide end).
- Notch the wide end of each triangle with about a 1/2-inch cut, then roll from the wide end to the pointed end, tucking the point under the croissant.
- Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and allow to proof until doubled in size (1 to 2 hours).
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and gently brush the croissants with egg wash.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until puffed, golden brown, and flaky.