I’ve always wanted to make croissants. I remember when I lived in Europe for a year and I would devour the buttery goodness that is a croissant. Nothing beats my trip to Paris and having this pastry for breakfast each morning…yum! But could I really make them myself? It seems rather challenging, but heck, I’m up for a challenge.
So off I went Googling away until I came across a great site, Tracey’s Culinary Adventures (already sounds like we’d get along!), with step by step instructions that made it seem way too easy. We’re all friends here, so I’m going to be honest…I did a do-over on the dough halfway through, but then I persevered during round 2. I must say that the end result was pretty darned good for my very first (ignoring round 1) attempt!
Gorgeous, right?! Let me be honest, the first part of this (the making the dough part) went swimmingly. It was when I added the block of butter (yes, you read that right) that things got a little messy. Tracey’s photos looked so pretty and certainly didn’t have the oozing butter like mine did, but I rolled up my proverbial sleeves, cleaned up my messes and continued.
While I wouldn’t call these the perfect croissants (Round 3 is calling my name, I think), I would say they are certainly respectable for my first try, and they were pretty tasty. (Yes, the copious amount of butter certainly helped with that.) I don’t think I need to state this but I will: This is not a healthy recipe. This is one you share with your friends and family so you don’t gain a ton of weight, but I’ve been dying to try my hand at creating croissants.
So my culinary friends, if you are up for a challenge and want to experiment in the kitchen, then I think this recipe is calling your name. Click here for the step by step instructions and dive in!!