Fresh Croissants

Fresh Croissants- so buttery, flaky, and insanely delicious!These are so buttery, flaky, and crisp. There’s nothing quite like a fresh croissant, and since who knows when I’ll find myself in France (someday, hopefully), I make them myself. And you know what? It’s extremely rewarding!

Fresh Croissants- so buttery, flaky, and insanely delicious!

I do not make these often enough. Clearly. It was Christmas the last time I made them, and they were so worth it, but I forgot about them until today. I passed by Dunkin’ Donuts and wanted a chocolate croissant really badly, so I decided to make a batch for the holiday weekend. Must be a holiday recipe for me!Fresh Croissants- so buttery, flaky, and insanely delicious!They’re buttery and delicious on their own or you can use them as the most amazing sandwich base ever. I also tried my hand at chocolate ones, since that’s what I was craving. I used three pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate inside two of the croissants as an experiment and also melted a few pieces to drizzle on top. I was afraid it would leak out, but it didn’t at all! Cream cheese is going to be the next experiment.

Yield: 12 croissants

Ingredients:
3 c. flour, plus more for the work surface
1 T. instant yeast
¼ c. sugar
1¼ t. salt
1¼ c. milk, cold
2 T. unsalted butter

For the butter square:
24 T. unsalted butter, cut into 1 T pieces and kept cold
2 T. flour

Directions:
For dough, combine 2¾ c. flour, yeast, sugar and salt in food processor. Add milk and pulse until blended. Add butter to the food processor and pulse.  The dough should form a ball and begin to clear sides of bowl. The dough will be sticky but if dough sticks to bowl too much, add remaining ¼ c. of flour and pulse until blended. Remove dough and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hr.
To make butter square, place butter pieces and flour in food processor. Pulse until blended. Remove and wrap in plastic wrap and form it into a square. Refrigerate at least 30 min.
Roll dough into an 11 in. square on lightly floured surface. Place chilled butter square diagonally onto dough. Cover butter square with dough, like wrapping a present, and pinch seams together. Using rolling pin, gently roll dough into 14 in. square. Fold dough into thirds to form a long rectangle. Starting from narrow ends, fold rectangle into thirds again to form square. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hrs. Repeat process, tapping dough from center and working outward, then rolling out to 14 in. square. Fold dough into thirds to form a rectangle and into thirds again to form a square, completing two more turns.  Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 2 more hrs.
Line two baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper. Place dough onto floured surface and gently roll into a 20 in. square. Cut in half , then cut each half into three rectangles (I made a half batch in these photos) and then slice each rectangle diagonally to yield 12 triangles.
Fresh Croissants- so buttery, flaky, and insanely delicious!
Working with one triangle at a time, gently stretch the dough so that the two long sides are equal in length. Cut a 1 in. slit in base of the triangle. Fold the two corners of the slit outward and begin rolling the triangle up, gently stretching dough as you roll.  Leave the last ¼-inch of the tip unrolled. See pictures above, clockwise from top left. I added chocolate to some of them, and it worked great!Fresh Croissants- so buttery, flaky, and insanely delicious! Transfer to prepared baking sheet and fold ends toward each other to make a crescent shape. Repeat with remaining portions of dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap.  Let rise at room temperature until puffy, about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake until croissants are golden brown, 18-20 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.
Cool on a wire rack at least 15 minutes.  Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days or wrap well and freeze.  Reheat in oven at 300 F for 5-10 minutes.

Fresh Croissants- so buttery, flaky, and insanely delicious!Adapted From: Annie’s Eats

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