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Homemade Croissants

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These Homemade Croissants are golden brown, extra flaky, crisp on the outside, and 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

Method:

  • Combine flour and salt, and 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, 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 30 minutes.
  • Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface into a 25 cm x 40 cm rectangle.
  • Unwrap the butter and place it in the center of the dough.
  • Fold the dough into thirds.
  • Pinch open the dough to seal in the butter.
  • Rotate the dough 90 degrees and press butter with a rolling pin a few times to loosen butter.
  • Roll into a 25 cm x 35 cm 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 it out into a 15 cm x 40 cm 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 cling film, and let it rise for 2-3 hours, 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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4 thoughts on “Homemade Croissants”

    • Dear Talat. I love croissants but they do not love me, so I steer clear from them, but yes I am sure if I could have them then I may end up eating 2 or 3 at a time.

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