How to Bake Perfect Flaky Croissants



How to Bake Perfect Flaky Croissants

If you’ve ever dreamed of enjoying freshly baked, buttery, and flaky croissants in the comfort of your own home, you’re in for a treat! In this recipe, I’ll walk you through the steps to create the perfect croissants that will rival those from your favorite bakery.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, cold
  • 1/4 cup water, cold

Instructions

  1. Begin by mixing the yeast and warm water in a bowl. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the cold butter and use a pastry cutter to cut it into the dry ingredients until you have coarse crumbs.
  3. Pour in the yeast mixture and cold milk. Stir until the dough comes together.
  4. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, then fold it into thirds like a letter. Chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Repeat the rolling and folding process two more times, chilling between each fold.
  6. Roll out the dough one final time, cut it into triangles, and roll them up into croissants.
  7. Place the croissants on a baking sheet, cover, and let them rise for 2 hours.
  8. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Brush the croissants with an egg wash and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Allow them to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your perfect, flaky croissants!

Prep Time: 3 hours

Yield: 12 croissants

These homemade croissants are a labor of love, but the result is worth every moment of effort. With their crisp, golden exterior and tender, buttery layers, they are the epitome of perfection. Serve them warm with a cup of coffee for a truly delightful breakfast or brunch experience.

Nutrition Information: Calories: 280 | Fat: 17g | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fiber: 1g

Baking these croissants is not just a culinary endeavor; it’s a journey into the world of French pastry. As you savor the aroma of butter and dough wafting through your kitchen and take that first bite of a freshly baked croissant, you’ll know that your efforts were well worth it. Share these delicious pastries with family and friends, and let the compliments roll in. Bon appétit!

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