All buttery and delightful.

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I am soo excited about this entry just because firstly I managed to bake this recipe and secondly, is when I discovered a super awesome blog!

First thing first, I’ve been wanting to learn how to make croissant for the longest time but laziness gets the better of me obviously.  So since I’ve been ‘free’ recently, decided to get my butt up for this.  Do you know that it is so much easier now that we can always google recipes and watch how-to videos in bed?! hahaha…yeah my butt still not up yet while searching for recipes it seems.  Before I babbled further, let me just show you how my croissants turn out! Yay! STILL needs some improvement on the texture though.

I should consider becoming a food photographer eh?  How delicate looking is that butter? Hahaha..ok I am getting big-headed am I?

I followed the recipe from Allrecipes.com as usual.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Combine yeast, warm water, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Allow to stand until creamy and frothy.
  2. Measure flour into a mixing bowl. Dissolve 2 teaspoons sugar and salt in warm milk. Blend into flour along with yeast and oil. Mix well; knead until smooth. Cover, and let rise until over triple in volume. Deflate gently, and let rise again until doubled. Deflate and chill 20 minutes.
  3. Massage butter until pliable, but not soft and oily. Pat dough into a 14 x 8 inch rectangle. Smear butter over top two thirds, leaving 1/4 inch margin all around. Fold unbuttered third over middle third, and buttered top third down over that. Turn 90 degrees, so that folds are to left and right. Roll out to a 14 x 6 inch rectangle. Fold in three again. Sprinkle lightly with flour, and put dough in a plastic bag. Refrigerate 2 hours. Unwrap, sprinkle with flour, and deflate gently. Roll to a 14 x 6 inch rectangle, and fold again. Turn 90 degrees, and repeat. Wrap, and chill 2 hours.
  4. To shape, roll dough out to a 20 x 5 inch rectangle. Cut in half crosswise, and chill half while shaping the other half. Roll out to a 15 x 5 inch rectangle. Cut into three 5 x 5 inch squares. Cut each square in half diagonally. Roll each triangle lightly to elongate the point, and make it 7 inches long. Grab the other 2 points, and stretch them out slightly as you roll it up. Place on a baking sheet, curving slightly. Let shaped croissants rise until puffy and light. In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Glaze croissants with egg wash.
  5. Bake in a preheated 475 degrees F (245 degrees C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

(Source :  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/croissants/ )
Although I copied this recipe, I will still look out for how-to videos.  I was very happy to stumble upon this video!  The lady is so quirky and bubbly plus she is a Brazilian staying in America.  After looking through her videos which she has other delicious recipe ones, it automatically linked to her blogs! oh how wonderful! colorful in fact!  Seriously you should look her up here, http://delightdulce.blogspot.com/
Oh how pretty her kitchen and those utensils are! Love Love!  She’s pretty isnt she? 😉
This is her croissant! You should hear the crunch it made! Heaven!
Ok enough ogling those pictures and videos, I shall try all those recipes that she made, time permits.
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