Monday, March 28, 2011

Buttery Flaky Croissants With Step by Step Pictures


I never imagined I would make my own croissants.  Like all homemade cakes, breads and cookies, home croissants are also the best.  The buttery smell when you bake these croissants and the flaky croissants straight from the oven to your plate is just amazing.  Well this is not my first attempt in making croissants, I have tried a couple of times before and I wouldn't say my previous attempts were complete disaster, it was good, but this is the best of all croissants which I made.  I know there is a hell lot of butter in this, but you have to forget about your diet and calories if you want to enjoy these.
 Don't worry, once in a while it won't hurt you much ;-)

  The critical think in making this is, your butter has to be at the right temperature and rolling the dough carefully.  Don't worry if your first attempt didn't give  the results you expected, try it again and again , practise will make you perfect.
 I followed the recipe from Annie's Eats, she has explained the recipe well with clear step by step pictures. You can check her recipe from here.  It's like a dream come true for me, making my own croissants in home.  Thank you Annie for this wonderful recipe.  I'm sure you'll enjoy making this at home.

Preparation Time: aprroximately 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes 12 croissants

Ingredients:
All purpose flour- 600 g
Instant yeast- 1 tbsp
Cold Milk- 180 ml
Butter-2 tbsp
Sugar- 40 g
Salt- 1 1/2 tsp

For the butter square:
Butter- 300 g
Flour- 2 1/2 tbsp

For the egg wash:
1 egg beaten lightly with 1 tbsp of water.

Method:
Prepare the dough:
Add about 550 g of flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.  Slowly add the cold milk to the dry ingredients and start beating with your electric beater fitted with dough hook.  When dough comes together add the butter and start beating again until the butter gets incorporated and dough forms together into a big ball.  If the dough looks too sticky add the remaining 50 g of flour and beat with beater again.  Wrap the dough tightly in a cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prepare the butter square:
Add the cold butter chopped into small squares and the flour to the work surface dusted with flour.  Smear the butter back and forth with a spoon or bench scraper until it forms a homogenous mixture.  Make the mixture into 7 inch, wrap it in a cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to use.

Start preparing the dough for croissant:


Take the dough out from the refriegerator and roll it into a 11 inch square.
 Place the butter square diagonally in the middle.  Seal the edges together.

Start rolling the dough gently starting from the middle, make sure you dust the work surface with plenty of flour.  Roll the dough gently into 14 inch square.




Fold the dough into third to form a rectangle.

Again fold the dough into third to form a square.  Wrap the dough tightly with a cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Repeat the entire process again twice. Wrap the dough tightly with a cling film and refrigerate it over night.

To make the croissants:


Place the chilled dough in a floured work surface and start rolling gently from the middle to the outwards into a long rectangle.  Roll it about 30 cm length and 20 cm wide rectangle, cut into half.  Place the 1 half covered with a cling film separately.  Then roll the other half until you get 60 cm length and 30 cm wide rectangle.

Cut it into triangles as shown in the picture.

Take a triangle, slightly make a slit at the wide end in the middle.

Start rolling from the wide end to the narrow end to form a croissant.  Repeat the same process for the remaining.  Place the croissants in a greased and lined baking tray.  Space well between each croissants as they spread.   Cover loosely with a cling film and let it rise at room temperature for 40 to 45 minutes or until it looks puffed up.
Preheat the oven to 190 degree celsius.  Brush the croissants with egg wash and bake it in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes until it looks golden brown on top.
Serve the croissants warm with tea or coffee.  You can also store the croissants in a airtight box for upto 1 week.

This recipe goes to Bookmarked recipes by Priya and Aipi, yeastspotting, also linking this to Heart and Soul hop# 41




151 comments:

Amritha Kalyani said...

Your croissants looks perfect.. So buttery.. yummm... i am drooling here. looks so delicious.. great work..

Three-Cookies said...

Looks really yummy. There is a lot of details/technique involved. I have never attempted this, one day I will!

R said...

wow, brilliant stuff! they look gorgeous!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Oh great...Its awesome...and the effort you have put in is noticed in the pics and the output....Superb dear...

savitha ramesh said...

wow.wonderful croissants.I cannot take my eyes off ur pics.Hard work and passions is seen in the preparation.Hats off.bookmarking it.

Ramya said...

Awesome work dear:-) Thats wat i call perfect crossants..
I had tried to make it once,,but didnt get the flaky texture.So i thought to get the flaky texture I shud use shortening..Now seeings ur clicks i am so temped to try making it once more:-)

Valarmathy Siva said...

Wow looks yummy with perfect shape!!!

I am here for first time, happy following you..

Valar
http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com/

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow very pretty buttery Flaky croissants !! Loved them !! Looks so tempting and very inviting !!

Inga Petra said...

mmmm... looks good


I couldn´t comment on your shawarma post but I tried it and it´s yummmmmmie ;D

http://ingashaven.blogspot.com/2011/03/chicken-shawarma-and-tahini-sauce-with.html

muppy said...

Wow, fantastic job. Making crossiants is on my list to try but I might leave it until i reach my goal weight :)

SSC said...

superb ... presentation ... really awesome ... tempting
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Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Very well done..Looks so perfect and tempting..

Ramya said...

Its perfect!!Kudos to u'r effort!!

divya said...

Your croissants looks perfect.. So buttery.. yummm... i am drooling here. looks so delicious.. great work..

Suhaina said...

oh wow...that a perfectly baked one..love it..nice recipe too. wonderful clicks as usual.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Looks stunningly pretty...
Lovely flakes...

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Herbs & Flowers in my Platter - Coriander/Cilantro

yummychunklet said...

Omg. I am definitely making these this weekend! I have to have time to savor them properly!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Amazing looking croissants dear. Can't resist having it :)

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Mas said...

perhhhhh....sangat cantik dan nampak sangat sedapppp....

Asha said...

That is really good and the Croissants looks perfect..

Deeksha said...

lovely croissants! well explained.. nice clicks. thanks for sharing!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow Very detailed post,am speechless...Croissants luks perfect.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

CaThY said...

Awesome! :)

j3ss kitch3n said...

i definitely love croissants! yours looks so flaky and buttery! yummy!

Coraine said...

Whoah..you are a patient baker.. =) Very nice!!!

TipsNDeals said...

awesome!! I've not tried at home but your step by step presentation gave me encouragement to make it at home..

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

Ayeesha,

Perfectly done croissants dear! I had made the dough in a similar process to get puff pastry. And then made chicken puffs out of it! And yes, the aroma that comes fills the house when these are baking in the oven is simply out of this world...

Regards,
Seema
amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com
seemabbas.blogspot.com

Vimitha Anand said...

Ur croissants have come out flaky, buttery and perfectly crispy... Would love to grab one...

Ayu Safieza said...

Owh dear...looks so easy n simple with you baking this......erk......:)

Ayu Safieza said...

Owh dear...looks so easy n simple with you baking this......erk......:)

cik cek said...

Sangat cantik....:-)tentunya sangat sedap....

Kankana said...

you are genius! they look SO SO SO amazing :) I would like it if you share this recipe with Hearth and Soup Hop. Please visit my post to link :) Thanks!

Prathibha said...

They look perfect,just like d store bought ones..yummm

Raji said...

Perfectly made...lovely colour...and the texture is looking so flaky...I wish I can have these right now.

Mina Joshi said...

As usual another perfect recipe from your kitchen!! Love the pictures. I am so tempted to try them out now.

retete- ina said...

Wow yummy ,nice prezentatons,very invinting

Nieza said...

Its awesome...perfect croissants and tq sharing step by step pictures..:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy croissant...perfect

sowmya's creative saga said...

beautiful instructions..

sojo said...

Amazing job... looks very very professional and pretty !!!

Jaisy James said...

wow croissant looks so perfect and delicious. lovely clicks

Biny Anoop said...

wow thx for the pics that s easy to understand.....have loved it and want to try it

Priya said...

Wow crossiants from the scratch, great work dear, those flaky croissants looks more best and professional than we get from some bakeries here..

Nammi said...

wow! am impressed. Looks very professional, you have me all charged up to give it try!!

Veggie Hut said...

Thanks for the step by step presentation.. Would definately give it a try..

sweet Artichoke said...

OMG! all I can say is : Waow! Your croissants look perfect! Gorgeous pics, too!

Radhika said...

This is in my to try list for some time but can't muster the courage. Maybe I want it to be perfect the first time itself. Those croissants are looking so so perfect.

spontaneous-euphoria said...

oh God that looks soooo delicious!

Ana Rita said...

So good!!!!Reminds me of the croissants,the french type....this is delicious warm , with jam, with ham or just simple as that....
Loved it!
Kisses,
Rita

My cooking experiments said...

excellent!! I have been admiring your bakes for quite sometime.I live in India now.I have access to dry yeast only should that work fine for the recipe?

An Open Book said...

seeing the amount of butter i almost gasped, but isnt that the goodness of croissants any way??? :)
they look delicious

PriyaVaasu said...

Lovely!!! very very tempting!!!!!

3 B's said...

They look delicious, perfect, yummm yummm

Sushma Mallya said...

They look fab , have come out so perfect:)

Charlotte said...

Here via Tastespotter

They look amazing! I tried to make some this weekend and naively followed a 'quick and easy' recipe (still took 7 hours inlcuding chilling time!) - but they were nowhere near as good as this. I am totally inspired to give them another go now though!

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo

blueskiesblog.blogspot.com

Fajeeda said...

wowwwwww superb ya.....i love croissants but becos of the amount of butter in it makes me say sometimes no to it......as u said while having this forget abt the dietind and enjoy with a cup of coffeeee......hmmmmmm yummmyyyy....

S.Menaga said...

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Ila said...

croissants looks delicious and absolutely yummy :) well explained and perfectly executed :)

Katerina said...

Perfect croissants! Congratulations they are mouthwatering!

Suman Singh said...

Oh my this looks heavenly,love it..thanks for sharing!

SheenaBabu said...

Delicious crunchy snack. Looks so tempting and very inviting !!

Suja Sugathan said...

Looks awesome dear,perfect shape.

cook from doha said...

perfect croissants.............nd great effort...............

Authenticoriyafood said...

Picyure perfect..........beautiful croisants!!!
Though it looks like pain staking work, i am sure it is worth the results....another wonderful recipe from your kitchen!!!

Tina said...

im a gr8 fan of this...looks fabulous dear..beautiful n tempting clicks too.....

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

Oh you cracked the croissants! To me this is like the biggest feat! But yours is simply perfect and effortless :) Thanks for the guide!

Jean said...

these croissants are 0 calories!!! :P ignore the calories, they look perfect and deserving of that space in my tummy hehe

Sonia said...

The perfect croissants.... !

gaby_d said...

180 ml is not too little milk?
Now I've made ​​the dough and add milk because I could not knead.
Thanks in advance for your reply.

Smitha said...

bookmarking this...I have been meaning to make this for a long time.. they have come out perfect....too good!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so yummy and tempting croissants..

G.Pavani said...

superab croissants..

lena said...

the croissants look perfect..i always think that it's not easy to bake croissants but thanks for the tutorial..it's very helpful!!

Sanjeeta kk said...

The big blobs of butter scares me to try these lovely goodies! Thanks for the presentation, A..hope to bake them some day soon :) Waiting to met you soon.

Shanavi said...

o my...better than the storebought one.. No one can do perfect than this ..Kudos..

kirbie said...

Yours came out so pretty. Croissants is one my to do list of things to attempt.

Sayantani said...

awesome recipe and so beautifully explained. love it.

ThatsHowIRoll said...

Looks amazing! I would try this soon. Thanks for the recipe.

Prathima Rao said...

Looks flaky, perfect & gorgeous!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Vidhya said...

Your croissants look perfect.I never tried making this.You are indeed a great baker.

Hema Mahen said...

They looks wonderful, very flaky and tempting pics...great work!!

Caelyn said...

Those looked gorgeous and surprisingly manageable. Thanks for posting!

Suchi said...

oh wow!!! gorgeous recipe- I so wanna try baking croissant, never had the chance. Now you have shown me the way and thanks a lot for sharing the recipe :)

Kairali sisters said...

Helloo ayesha..

Croissants looks scrumptious...Your blog is simply awesome, very professional...

Charissa said...

I've always wanted to make my own croissants. One day I WILL! They look simply drool inducing! :0) Which is a good thing!

Edible Art said...

you made these so perfectly!
id love these in the morning made into little sandwiches, ahhhhh !! im drooling

sonu said...

wow ! wow ! luv butter crossiants ...this looks super gorgeous ..better than ready made ones...bookmarking..will surely try this one !

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments.
To Gaby, I guess the amount of milk should be fine, you have to add only 550 g of flour initially when kneading, incase if the dough is sticky you have to add the rest. If you think the dough doesn't come together, you can always add some more milk, since you are using only cold milk, it doesn't matter when you add it. Hope this helps for you dear :)

Torviewtoronto said...

flaky delicious would be lovely for tea and breakfast

Christy said...

Absolutely delicious looking - worth the effort to learn to make! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

Cakebrain said...

so much folding! such patience! I did try making croissants a long time ago but it wasn't up to the standards I had in France so I haven't bothered again! Yours look mighty flaky. Great job!

gaby_d said...

I did croissantele with minor modifications. They are the best that I've ever done. Thank you very much. A wonderful day.

Trisha said...

These look yummy ... i'd like to try some cheese ones!

Rumana Rawat said...

OMG!!!! that is gorgeous... i wish i would have made that to:)

Antonina S. said...

Looks so delicious. Well explained, and even photos are delicious. I will try them this week-end. Thanks for sharing.

Esef said...

I need to brave myself doing this :-D My family loves croissants and the best we ate when we're back to EU even the factory made like Marc Payot is yummylicious! Now, my 5 yr old son is carving it for his morning breakfast... :-(

I'm KIV your page :-D Thanks for sharing ;-)

Ambreen said...

Great work, Ayeesha! Your croissants looks perfect and tempting. Lovely pics!

Laurel {Make and Takes} said...

Beautiful!!! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Krishnaveni said...

very good try, picture looks so neat and beautiful

Kankana said...

Came by to say .. Thank you for sharing this with hearth and soul hop. Please do share your recipe again next week :)

Zareena said...

Brilliant Ayeesha. Thanks for the step by step clicks. Lovely.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wonderful clicks and perfect croissants! Love the way it is rolled,wanted to try too!

SproutsOfSpring said...

I absolutely love croissants!!! I am loving your fresh croissants. I am soo glad you posted the recipe. As always, your presentation is beautiful.

The Sweetylicious said...

PERFECT!! thank you very much for your step by step picture. it sure comes handy when i have enough bravery to try it (:

Wit,wok and wisdom said...

Don't tell me you made these at home - I'll never believe you;)They look yummier than even than the professionally made croissants!
Lovely photos too!

Cheers!
Wit,wok&wisdom

Jayasri Ravi said...

oh! they are so cute!

Mary said...

These are perfection. OMG!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Sneha Benny said...

wow !!! pretty croissants !!! Looks so perfect. First time here . Happy to follow you.

Sneha

http://inspirationalartofcooking.blogspot.com/

Karishma said...

I absolutely admire your patience for trying this out and taking the step by step pictures...the croissants look out of this world so I'm not imagining how they would have tasted! Fantastic post!

AMMU MOHAN said...

yummy croissants...looks wonderful..gald to follow your blog..

Wit,wok and wisdom said...

These are just gorgeous!!Picture-perfect I would say:)Lovely recipe and amazing photos!

Cheers!
Wit,wok&wisdom

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...Croissants...this is absolutely one of my favorites ! I would love to share an award galore with you. Plz visit my space n collect it :-)

Fajeeda said...

thr r some awards for u in my blog pls come and collect it......

MaDiHaA a.k.a Ratna said...

Your croissants looks soft inside & crunchy outside with perfect shape croissants.. I like your photo also.. good job!

suma said...

I have been meaning to try these since some time, but as you said the quantity of butter is a big deterrent. Again, once in a while anything is fine.

These look absolutely fabulous Ayeesha! I will surely try - just for the high of baking my own croissants at home:-)

sweetlife said...

I have always wanted to make homemade croissants, they came out perfect!!

sweetlife

shriannalakshmi said...

you have made me speechless. Really hardwork has its reward.Ive added your blog to my fav list.Good recipes with enchanting pics.

cccris said...

so yummy, i have to try this too

Mehjabeen Arif said...

I have never attempted this ... Flaky and so inviting.. like it's right in front of me..

Sweety.. I am so happy to pass my awards to u.. pls collect them :)

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Rumana Rawat said...

Hello Dear!!!
Congrats... your recipe has been selected in top 5 of treat to eyes series-2.. do check out:)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi dear, How are you? Thank you very much for the warm wishes. Take care :)

Fathima said...

My god, just perfect croissants !!! Love the superb clicks!

Anu Santanu said...

These look so perfect..Please visit my blog for some awards.
Bhalo Khabo

Eat Hearty said...

This is so awesome!! You have put in lot of hard work and the result is mind blowing!!

Ankita
http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

Plateful said...

They have come out so perfect, ha! Gotta say this again, bravo girl!!

Mary said...

These really do look wonderful. You are a marvel with pastry. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Maria said...

They are perfect!

aishahias said...

Croissants - my favourite! The other day I had breakfast at Hilton Hotel and I have to admit that I ate a lot of croissants. They were super good!

I guess I might give this recipe a try one day because yours look gorgeous. :D

saffronstreaks said...

you are brilliant Ayesha, these croissants are so perfect, flaky very tempting indeed.

pls do check the new event at my site : summer coolers

Suma Gandlur said...

Absolutely stunning. I too keep buying them from store and your recipe is truly tempting me to bake them at home.

Shobha said...

Awesome croissants..
Plz collect an award from my blog.

cooking-varieties said...

salam maimoonah.. i feel so very happpy to get to know you from germany. thanks a lot for your comment, appreciate if u be my ardent follower too LOL... please will you ever be so kind as to do guest post on the winter squash plus may be 3 photos / i promise you i will accept yours, because you are the first to respond. i cant do it, we dont have the squash here in malaysia.. i dont want other pumpkins.thanks..

cookingvarieties said...

your blog is fantastic !! and sooo many comments:) i'd love to have that one day. hope you become a very very successful blogger..dont forget me huh :)

ok ..can you please e mail me the recipe and i will post and also can you write down a bit about yourself, your blog and give me your blog URL too for me to do back link to your blog).

Can you also send me a photo of one of your favorite recipe with recipe name on it. i want to promote, at least there is a photo to replace the winter squash :) thanks dear. have a nice day

sangee vijay said...

OMG...yummy croissants...neatly explained luks so inviting...u r such a perfect baker..more yummy baking recipes r here...thanx for sharing...glad to follow u...thanx for ur lovely words at my space :)

Sobha Shyam said...

The croissants looks so yummy...Glad to follow u...wonderful blog..!! Thanx for the comments at my space.

Wiz-Cook said...

It looks yummy! Neat presentation!!

Jaleela Kamal said...

really u r gr8

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SinFoodie said...

Wow ,These have come so perfect !!! I have tried few croissant recipes but the results were not as amazing as yours. I am bookmarking this for my next try :D

Laxmi said...

I still cant believe that anyone can make croissants at home.. Hats off.. Happy to follow you..

Eftychia said...

Delicious! Simply delicious!

Anonymous said...

nom nom nom. Can't wait to try it :D

Anonymous said...

ok, I just made them. They are fantastic! I can't wait to share them with my co-workers :D Thank you.

Cnwh said...

Hi, I tried your recipe and this is my first time baking croissants. I would like to know what type or brand of butter you used in this recipe. Also, I had some trouble with the dough while rolling the butter in as it tore open when I rolled it. Do you have any solutions for my problem. Ps I followed yr recipe exactly...

Cnwh said...

Hi this is my first time baking croissants. May I know the type of butter or brand you used cos the butter I used seems to melt fast and it destroyed my first attempt.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Hi Cnwh, Just now happened to see your comment, not sure if you are already done with your croissants, any way here is my answer. The butter which I used is normal unsalted butter, which is used for baking. You have to handle the dough very carefully and gently or there is a possiblity for the dough to tear. Also your room temperature shouldn't be too warm, should be fairly cool. In case your room is too warm, I would recommend to freeze the tray which you use for rollinjg so that the butter doesn't melt and come out while you are rolling.

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Willene Arends said...

Stunning recipe! Just took my croissants from the oven...they are delicious. Thanx for uploading.I just had my second one guilt free...:)

Willene Arends said...

Stunning recipe! User friendly and easy to follow. I made my first croissants yesterday and baked them this morning. Absolutely delicious...had my second one just now...guilt free:) Thanx for uploading

noam said...

Hello .. Can u pleeease help me quick ???? Im on the first stage of making my dough and already thebutter is spilling out from all sides !!! Should i continue ? I dint want to waste my batch

Umm Mymoonah said...

Hi Noam, I'm sorry, just now saw your message. If your butter is oozing, you'll be not able to get the flakiness. Try to keep your work place and work surface cold so that the butter stays intact.

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