Friday, May 03, 2013

Recipe 4: Croissants

Labour of love doesn't quite cover it.

I scoured the internet for recipes after being overwhelmed with the desire to make croissants.  Why?  I've no idea.  But I had to make them.  And even after looking at recipes with ever-mounting trepidation, I bit the bullet and attempted a very long (but ultimately worthwhile) process, and I made croissants.

I used this recipe from Cannella Vita, because it had gifs and lots of pictures and the after photos looked delicious ^_^ Simple things!

Truly, the actual process of making croissants takes a while.  You make the dough and chill it overnight.  Then you roll it out, add the butter, chill.  Roll and chill.  Roll and chill.  It's an excellent arm workout and it had me clock-watching like crazy.  In a way, it's kind of therapeutic.  And in another way, when you're rolling out your chilled butter and dough mixture for the nine-millionth time, you wish you'd never started.

And then you see them all rolled up and cute and miraculously looking like croissants and you get excited.

And then you bake them and sure, they don't exactly bake evenly (for that, I'm tempted to blame the oven) but they look like croissants -and- they smell like croissants.

And then you eat them, with a cup of coffee and a spoonful of orange curd (or whatever takes your fancy!), still in your dressing gown on a bright Saturday morning and you think to yourself - That was totally worth the effort.

Time consuming, yes.  Consumed in no time, double yes.  They tasted great, they were a little more doughy than flakey and they were just as nice cold as when they were warm.  I'm really glad I gave these a shot, though I'm not sure how many more times I'll be labouring over croissants in the future!

I hope you've got lots of wonderful things planned for your weekend ^_^ Thank you for stopping by!



  1. I've made them once and never again! They take a lot of work! But as you said, totally worth it in the end! The look great.

    1. They are pretty much the most arduous thing I've ever made. Delicious, but oh my gosh...I have some pretty great arm muscles now though!