We’re officially in Spring and it’s Friday! Unfortunately,
I’m still going to talk about this buttery, flaky and labor-of-love croissants I made during the holidays. I know I’m really slow on blogging. So, why bother? Well, I love croissants! When I was a teenager, I once worked on B&B (hotel with a complimentary breakfast). While I didn’t enjoy the job, I enjoyed eating their breakfast because of the croissants (toasted with cream cheese and jelly… yup that was it). They were just store bought ones but at that time, they were a special treat for me (life is much simpler when you’re kid! ).
I called them labor of love because that’s how I felt the first time I made them (despite with all the holidays spirit at that time). I made them again after holidays but I think I got the hang of it and didn’t feel it was that much labor unlike the first time… seriously (ehh…so called practice makes perfect). This is another fabulous bread recipe from my favorite Mr. Reinhart from his Artisan Breads Every Day cookbook. I just love baking and to learn how to make croissants at home has been my wish list 🙂 .
There are long paragraph of instructions to incorporate the butter block into the detrempe and laminating the dough in the book (which is great but could also be overwhelming). But long story short, roll the detrempe big enough to cover the butter. Roll it flat, fold into thirds then chill it. Repeat the 3 steps 2 more times.
For me, shaping was the real challenge. The butter kept melting on me so, properly chilled dough is important. This dough is also the dough for danish.
For the danish filling: cream cheese, butter, sugar, egg, lemon zest, flour, poppy seeds and salt. Don’t forget the hot apricot glaze and fondant powdered sugar glaze.
All puffed and filled…ready to bake!
Baked until golden brown for 375F. Those flaky layers make me happy.
Big, buttery, sweet and heavenly!
Since it’s Friday, I’m now heading to Fiesta Friday @ The Novice Gardener. 🙂
“To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.”