When you lose your job and have lots of time on your hands you look for things to boost your self esteem. Applying for jobs and not getting even an interview can sure bring a girl down. One of the things I could do was cook. You see I already had to buy groceries so with a little planning and some creativity I could try my hand at things I always wanted to cook.
The first thing I always wanted to bake was a really good croissant. I love a really good croissant that is buttery and flaky. So I went on a online search. I must have tried 15 recipes before I finally came upon this one. It comes from my bread baking bible, Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads. You can buy this at Amazon.com. If you bake breads, you have to have this book!
As I said before, I tried many different recipes. I tried easy and quick recipes, authentic French recipes, food network recipes and they all lacked the simple essence of this recipe. Below is an excerpt from his book and is an interesting back story.
This is a very involved recipe and will take practice. I haven’t made them in ages and my son in law asked for them this past weekend. They most definitly were not up to my standards, but they still beat every other croissant I have tasted from Wal Mart, Publix, or Dunkin Donuts. I usually make these in the fall and winter and have with my lunch. Soup and croissant. I actually lose weight eating them, because they are such a treat. I tell myself I can have one and only if I didn’t over eat the day before.
If you live in a very hot and humid climate as I do, the butter is an issue. It has to be just right or it clumps or oozes as you roll it. I also have to say roll the dough only as much as it required by this recipe. The more you roll the tougher the croissant will be.
Enjoy and have a happy creative living day!