Wednesday, September 16, 2009

French Croissants

What I won't do to avoid cleaning my toilets! Warning: If you know me and you come over expect dirty toilets because now I'm making a blog post to avoid cleaning. There's always tomorrow...right?!

This week on Friday Baking with Not Quite June Cleaver one of the recipes is French Croissants. I really like croissants but I never think to buy them. I have looked online at recipes and have always been too intimidated to make them or never wanted to put in the time required to do it.

So today tried it. I think this officially qualifies as the fussiest thing I have ever baked. I'm not sure the help of a two and a half year old and a six month old on my back pulling my hair out was what I needed but I got it done. I don't normally document the process but because it was such a process I kept my camera handy for a few shots.

I started by kneading some flour into the butter and chilling it.

The batter in the process of becoming dough. I was a little nervous but had to add more flour than the recipe called for to reach the right consistency.

The packet of butter and dough ready for the rolling pin.

The butter and dough after one chilling. There was lots of rolling and folding and chilling. I'm developing a new appreciation for the time that goes these little guys.

The dough rolled out and cut up and ready to be rolled up. My brain wasn't working very well and I ended up having to watch a YouTube video on how to cut them.

All egg washed and ready to rise. While searching for the YouTube video I came across a recipe where you did the final rise in a warm oven with a dish of water. I'm not sure I would recommend this method. I felt like all of the butter melted out of the dough in the process and then soaked back into the bottom while cooking.

The final product straight out of the oven. I'm eating it as I type and it is absolutely delicious! Next time I get a craving for a croissant at least I know I can make them if I want to.

There's also a recipe in the link at the top of the post for Caramel Apple Pecan Pie that looks delicious too. I don't get any help around here eating an apple pie so I passed on making it.


Susan said...

Congratulations!!! I am so proud of you. Honestly, what recipe could intimidate you now? I am going to direct everyone to get over here and see your beautiful croissants.

Erika said...

Thanks Susan!. I debated all morning about making them and then decided to just go for it.

Melanie said...

Very nice! I would love to give them a try, but I haven't had the time yet.

Linda said...

Hi, saw a link to your site at NQJC... congrats! Not sure you are convincing me to try it though! One of these days I probably will! I tried NQJC's French baguette and that was good though I needed less water.

Jaimie said...

I really wanted to make these for tomorrow. I NOW am looking at the time needed to make these!! I'm feeling way intimidated now and I should have started these on maybe MONDAY!! :o)
I'll let you know what happens....

DuVal Family said...

You are feeling very ambitious! :) I hope they turn out well for you if you make them. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Jaimie said...

I forgot to let you know! I did it!! They were awesome! I was completely confused half the time with her directions, but I figured if I just kept going, it would come to me! :o)
If it weren't for my inconsistent oven, I'm sure they would have all turned out splendid! Some were a tad on the dark side. Yet I can say. I MADE HOMEMADE CROISSANT ROLLS!!
Thanks Erika!!