When I think of word association, I am pretty confident if someone flashed the word croissant to me, I would associate it immediately with the word France. Pretty obvious perhaps, but when you think about it, that is a strong connection.
Well, it is for me because the croissant epitomises French pastries. It is rich, it is light, it is multi layered, it is complex, yet so seemingly simple.
I have always wanted to tackle making croissants. I have been deterred mostly due to the length of time they take to prepare. It is not hard work necessarily (though it is more tricky than your average bread loaf!), but not so completely complicated that it is out of the realm of any enthusiastic amateur baker (e.g. me).
I do have a hidden agenda for perfecting the croissant, I must confess. Recently, Christmases for me have included a new breakfast experience with my partner’s family … the bacon and egg croissant, cooked on the BBQ in true ‘Aussie’ style. This year I would like to contribute homemade croissants for the breakfast. There are a few months yet to practice, but no time like the present (with bread month!) to start.
I have also been inspired by Elra at Elra’s Baking, with her first and successful croissant this month. She made it seem so easy that I knew I had to try, too!
I thumbed through a few croissant references I had on hand. Sherry Yard, Roux Brothers, Martha Stewart, Julia Child. I settled on Julia as I have not tried her yeasted recipes before. Also, I know how tirelessly she worked to perfect her recipes that I assumed I must be in with a shot of success, too.
So after practically double digit pages of instructions and two days later, I finally offer up homemade, freshly baked croissants.
Overall, I am happy they resulted in something resembling croissants, but they are less than perfect. I fear I did not let the shaped croissants proof long enough prior to baking. At that stage (end of day two), I was getting a little too impatient, I think.
I will definitely try these again with the same recipe. Speaking of, details coming soon – right now I am short on time.