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Not too long ago I saw this idea of making a quick dough for croissants and really kept my attention. Is it really possible? Who in the world doesn't love croissants but we always postpone to make them because of the long process a classic croissant dough requires.
No doubt that homemade croissants are the best of all when not in Paris :). Sometimes can be really hard to find really good croissants at the bakeries out there. I was very thrilled to find this recipe and gave it a try immediately and I really love it.
It is so easy.. it really takes no more than 20 minutes of work... the rest is simply waiting, and the croissants are wonderful. They are probably not as flaky as the classic ones but for all the little work involved they are just perfect. Crispy on the outside, buttery, flaky, a perfect treat for breakfast or brunch. You can serve it as it is with a bit of jam alongside your coffee or tea, or even prepare a delicious sandwich. I am craving for some just as I am writing these words right now. :)
This is a recipe I will definitely make pretty often, I already did it for about five times by now and each time they were devoured almost immediately. My little culinary judges, my daughters, were really delighted by these quick croissants. Give them a try, you will love them.
Recipe adapted after Supergolden Bakes
- Makes 8 croissants
- 2 cups (250g) strong bread flour
- 1 1/4 sticks sticks (150g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) lukewarm milk
- 3 tbsp (45 g) sugar
- 25 g fresh yeast (7 g- active dry yeast)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Egg Wash
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp milk
Place yeast in a bowl. Add sugar and stir until it liquefies. Add milk and set aside to cool completely.
Combine flour and salt into a large bowl. Add butter and using a fork combine until big crumbles form.
Add the yeast/milk mixture and gently combine until the dough just comes together. The butter needs to remain in pea-sized pieces. Wrap it with plastic, knead slowly to form a square and freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Dust with flour your work surface and your rolling pin and start rolling the dough into a rectangular roughly two to three times as long as it is wide. The dough it pretty hard to work with at the beginning but will come together while rolling and folding.
Fold the short sides of the dough into the middle. Rotate the dough by a quarter turn. Roll out slightly to lengthen. Fold the short ends towards the middle.
- Flip the dough over so the seams are underneath. Repeat the rolling and folding process steps 4-5, three more times, giving the dough a total of four times of rolling and folding.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or better overnight.
On a lightly floured surface roll the dough into a rectangular of 16 inches (40cm) X 10 in (25 cm). Cut the dough into triangles, it will make about 8 triangles of 12 in (30 cm) long and 3 in (8 cm) at base.
Score a small slit in the centre of each triangle base, gently stretch the corners and tip, then roll the croissant starting from the wide up to the top giving them the croissant shape.
- Place the croissants with tip side down onto a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 2-3 hours at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 450 F (230C). Brush the croissants with egg wash.
- Bake for 8 minutes than reduce the oven to 375 F (190C) and bake for another 10-15 minutes until deep golden brown.
- Cool on wire rack before serving.