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 made Croissants before. You know making Croissants is not as difficult as one thinks but it takes a veeeery long time. Single fold, double fold and in between the rest in the fridge. But it’s worth! You will be rewarded with fresh and fluffy Croissants!
Unfortunately the recipe for the dough didn’t work for me. I had to add quite a bit of additional flour. I think at least about 50 g. Nevertheless these are the best Croissants I’ve ever made! Thank you Sarah and Julia Child!
7 g fresh yeast
3 tablespoons of water
12 g sugar
250-300 g of strong plain flour (original 225 g)
9 g salt
120 g milk
2 tablespoons tasteless oil
115 g chilled, unsalted butter
For the dough mix all ingredients start with 250 g flour and add more if needed yeast and knead by hand for about 10 minutes until you have a soft dough. Cover and let rise for 2-3 hours or until tripled in size.
For the roll-in-Butter fill butter pieces in a plastic bag and roll into a rectangle. Let cool in the fridge.
Important bake the Croissants in a very hot oven! I baked them for 15 minutes, starting with 240 C and reducing to 220 C after 7 minutes.
I made mine with an almond filling, and enjoyed them with a glass of milk. Delicious!
As these are my best Croissants ever they go also to Susan’s YeastSpotting, the weekly showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes.