Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Daring to bake.. Croissants!

The Daring Bakers go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!


This challenge took a long time as i had to do it over a period of 3 days due to work and other commitments. There are many rising periods and rolling and folding of the dough which makes it quite time consuming.

Straight away i could tell me dough wasn't exactly perfect and it seemed to get worse as time went on with the addition of the butter to the pastry. I wasnt sure they'd actually rise and i couldn't start again as id left the challenge til the last minute. The dough wasnt thick enough of solid enough to keep proper definition between the layers when rolling but i chucked them in the oven anyhow.

After about 5 minutes in the oven a wonderful aroma wafted out from the oven and i knew that if all else failed, at least i had a nice smelling house! Haha :P But amazingly enough my dough rose, and while not traditional looking, i produced some pretty darn tasty croissants!
Buttery and moist, and oh so delicious ;) a perfect afternoon snack fresh out of the oven with some strawberry jam!

Thanks Sarah for what proved to be a tough but fun challenge for me, im definitely planning on trying this recipe again to try perfect my croissant-making skills!