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Does anyone have a good croissant recipe? I just got back from a vacation where I enjoyed the best croissants I've ever had-crispy and golden on the outside, layers of perfect flakes, and a soft but chewy inside. Not too sweet, with a hint of butter flavor. So opposite of every mushy, gigantic, disgusting croissant I've ever tasted in America (and only 1/2 the size, too!). Anyway, I am dying to recreate these croissants, but I need a good recipe. Thank you.

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  1. Samantha,

    You need look no further than Rose Levy Berenbaum's The Bread Bible. They aren't difficult to prepare, but you're in for an eight of so hour investment of time, although not necessarily continuous. After making the dough and letting it rest, you then add a layer of tempered butter and fold it in four or five times, letting the dough rest up to an hour for each fold. Then, at long last, after shaping and also a rise of about two hours, you're ready to bake.

    Let us know how they turn out.

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    1. re: Evil Ronnie

      Thanks. I don't have the Bread Bible, but looks like I'll be ordering it online this week. I'm determined to make some good croissants.

    2. Croissant

      Ingredients:
      1 pound all-purpose flour
      4 Tbsp sugar
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 ounce fresh yeast (or 1 Tbsp dry)
      1-1/4 cups milk
      12 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
      1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
      Instructions:
      Using the dough hook of an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl.
      Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup lukewarm milk. Add to the flour mixture, together with the remaining milk, and mix until dough forms a ball.
      Remove dough hook. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for 1 or 1-1/2 hours, until double in bulk. Punch down the dough and refrigerate it, covered, for 30 minutes.
      Mold the butter into a block. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Cut a deep cross in the dough. Spread out the sections of dough so that the center is the thickest part. Roll it in opposite directions to form a four-leaf clover, keeping the center thicker. Place the block of butter diagonally in the center of the cloverleaf and bring the edges of the dough to the center, enclosing the butter completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
      To make the turns, place the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface. Pound lightly and evenly with your rolling pin to make the dough malleable. Roll out into a rectangle approximately 9 by 16 inches. With the 9-inch side in front of you, fold into thirds, starting with the bottom third and folding over the top third. You have now completed the first turn. Turn the dough so that the narrow end faces you, keeping the seam on your right (a quarter turn). Again, roll out the dough into a rectangle approximately 9 by 16 inches, and again fold into thirds. You have now completed two turns. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
      Pound the dough evenly and again roll out into a 9-by-16-inch rectangle. Complete two more turns to make four turns. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 50 to 60 minutes.
      Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C) .
      Roll out dough into two rectangles 1/6 inch thick. Cut into triangles and shape into crescents. Put them on a baking sheet and allow to rise for 20 minutes.
      Brush each croissant with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
      Yield: Makes 24 croissants

      1. Croissant

        Ingredients:
        1 pound all-purpose flour
        4 Tbsp sugar
        1 tsp salt
        1/2 ounce fresh yeast (or 1 Tbsp dry)
        1-1/4 cups milk
        12 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
        1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
        Instructions:
        Using the dough hook of an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl.
        Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup lukewarm milk. Add to the flour mixture, together with the remaining milk, and mix until dough forms a ball.
        Remove dough hook. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for 1 or 1-1/2 hours, until double in bulk. Punch down the dough and refrigerate it, covered, for 30 minutes.
        Mold the butter into a block. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Cut a deep cross in the dough. Spread out the sections of dough so that the center is the thickest part. Roll it in opposite directions to form a four-leaf clover, keeping the center thicker. Place the block of butter diagonally in the center of the cloverleaf and bring the edges of the dough to the center, enclosing the butter completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
        To make the turns, place the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface. Pound lightly and evenly with your rolling pin to make the dough malleable. Roll out into a rectangle approximately 9 by 16 inches. With the 9-inch side in front of you, fold into thirds, starting with the bottom third and folding over the top third. You have now completed the first turn. Turn the dough so that the narrow end faces you, keeping the seam on your right (a quarter turn). Again, roll out the dough into a rectangle approximately 9 by 16 inches, and again fold into thirds. You have now completed two turns. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
        Pound the dough evenly and again roll out into a 9-by-16-inch rectangle. Complete two more turns to make four turns. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 50 to 60 minutes.
        Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C) .
        Roll out dough into two rectangles 1/6 inch thick. Cut into triangles and shape into crescents. Put them on a baking sheet and allow to rise for 20 minutes.
        Brush each croissant with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
        Yield: Makes 24 croissants