Sunday, March 15, 2009

Impatient Croissants

Well we had a pretty slack day today. But we did try to make croissants. First of all lets do dinner. At about 6:00pm the kids and I decided we were hungry. We had no plan for dinner or any particular ingrediants on hand. As we looked in the fridge there really wasn't anything there. My wife said how about pizza grilled cheese sandwiches. And so it was.The croissants had started around lunch time. We watched a video on how to make croissants. It was very informative but said you should really take two days to make them. We couldn't wait so it all happened today. We started with the dough. It was basic enough. Then you make the butter cake and put it in the fridge. The picture above is the first rolling of the dough wrapped around the butter.Two folds (there were supposed to be three) later we were back in the fridge. We left it in the fridge for about an hour. This was supposed to be over night. Then we took it out, rolled it one more time and cut it into pieces and rolled them up. They were left to rise on the tray for an hour and then brushed with egg wash. Finally they were baked for 15 minutes at 375.
In the final analysis I think we definitely should have gone the extra fold. Next time I would try four folds. Also I might try leaving it in the fridge over night. They were delicious but they weren't as crispy and flaky as I wished. Patience may be the key to croissants. We had fun doing it and we definitely learned some things. I will try to leave the house tomorrow.

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