Friday, 12 June 2015

In The Time of those Kings






They look like croissants, don't they? They do taste like croissants but they don't have the texture of a croissant. These are my quick croissants which I have baked for the first time for the Bake Along theme.

I know it is not easy to produce light, buttery crisp type of croissants at home. In fact, I do have a recipe which I think is doable if I have more practices. I will post it here if I can achieve it. Meanwhile, here is the quick version which is not too bad if eaten with jam. It has all the buttery taste minus the tender crisp. There is no melt on the tongue texture. The interior has layers but dense and doughy.  If you're not fussy, I think this is passable. I had worse croissants in a remote international hotel somewhere in China









Quick Croissants
Makes 8 big croissants or 15 mini ones
Homecooking adventure


250g strong breaed flour
150g cold unsalted butter, cubed
120ml lukewarm milk
45g sugar
7g active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
egg wash
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp milk


Method


  • Place yeast in a bowl. Add sugar and milk. Set aside to cool completely

  • Combine flour and salt into a large bowl. Add butter and using a fork combine until big crumbles form.

  • Add the yeast/milk mixture and gently combine until the dough just comes together. The butter needs to remain in pea-sized pieces. Wrap it with plastic, knead slowly to form a square and freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for a couple of hours.

  • Dust with flour your work surface and your rolling pin and start rolling the dough into a rectangular roughly two  to three times as long as it is wide.The dough is pretty hard to work with at the beginning but will come together while rolling and folding.

  • Fold the short sides of the dough into the middle. Rotate the dough by a quarter turn. Roll out slightly to lengthen. Fold the short ends towards the middle.


  • Flip the dough over so the seams are underneath. Repeat the rolling and folding process steps three more times, giving the dough a total of four times of rolling and folding.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or better overnight.

  • On a lightly floured surface roll the dough into a rectangular of 16 inches x 10 inches. Cut the dough into triangles, it will make about 8 triangles.

  • Score a small slit in the centre of each triangle base, gently stretch the corners and tip, then roll the croissant starting from the wide up to the top giving them the croissant shape.

  • Place the croissants with tip side down onto a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 2-3 hours at room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 230C. Brush the croissants with egg wash.
  • Bake for 8 minutes than reduce the oven to 190C and bake for another 10-15 minutes until deep golden brown.
  • Cool on wire rack before serving.








This post is linked to Bake Along hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Lena from






In the time of those kings, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. Daniel 2:44

9 comments:

  1. Hi Lian,
    These croissants look great. Bet that they tasted good too :D

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    1. thanks Karen, they do if you're not fussy.

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  2. They look divine, Lian, and I love the gorgeous dishes! :)

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  3. hi lian, these are quite similar to the easy croissants that zoe made too! ya,not very easy to make real croissants at home and if anyone were to bake these wonderful quick croissants for me, i would be very very happy to gobble them up!

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    1. Yes, it is;D these croissants are better than some I had.

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  4. Hi Lian,

    I have also baked these easy kind of croissants too. Like you said, I know the texture is not as good as the real kind but taste-wise is passable :D Your kitchen must be smelling good when you are baking these :D :D :D

    Zoe

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    1. Yes Zoe. The smell is wonderful;D

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  5. Hi Lian,
    Your croissants looks really nice. I have been frustrated making the traditional ones and will probably try them again in the future!
    A piece of this buttery croissant is just perfect with Kopi-O!
    Thanks for baking along with us!

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