Homemade Croissants

These Homemade Croissants are golden brown, extra flaky, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside.

Ingredients:

250ml lukewarm milk
125ml lukewarm water
15ml instant dry yeast
60ml sugar
830ml cake flour
5ml salt
250g frozen butter

Homemade Croissants

Method:

  • Combine flour and salt, stir in yeast and sugar.
  • Then combine water and milk in another bowl, make a well in the flour and add the wet mixture.
  • Mix well and turn out onto a clean surface and knead for 2 minutes so that flour is mixed, don’t overwork as you don’t want gluten forming yet.
  • Place in an oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 1hr.
  • Grate butter and press together into a 12cmx20cm rectangle on a plastic wrap.
  • Put in the fridge for 30min.
  • Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface into a 25cmx40cm rectangle.
  • Unwrap butter and place in the center of the dough.
  • Fold the dough into thirds.
  • Pinch open dough to seal in the butter.
  • Rotate dough 90 degrees and press butter with rolling pin a few times to loosen butter.
  • Roll into a 25cmx35cm rectangle.
  • Fold over into thirds again.
  • Brush off excess flour.
  • Cover in plastic and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Unwrap dough and place on a floured surface – rotate 90 degrees to the right and roll, shape and put in fridge – repeat process twice(4 times in total).
  • This process is called laminating.
  • Cut dough in 4, wrap in plastic and put in the fridge for 8-12hrs.

Shaping the Homemade Croissants:

  • Unwrap one piece of chilled dough and roll out into a 15cmx40cm rectangle.
  • Trim sides.
  • Cut into 5 triangles with a base of 13cm.
  • Combine the 2 offcuts to make 1 croissant.
  • Cut a 2.5cm slit in the base of the triangle, stretch slightly outwards and upwards, roll toward the tip.
  • Place tip side down on a silicon mat on a baking sheet, cover loosely with clingfilm and let it rise for 2-3hrs, they must be 5cm apart.
  • Brush with egg wash and bake in a preheated oven for 17-20 min.

Prepared, tried and tested Melenie Govender Pillay

Yummy Croissants

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