Since I made my own croissants, pane au chocolat and brioche this past weekend I feel like talking French, which is funny because I took 7 years of French classes but still can’t say more than 5 words.
And not only that, I’ve even been to France but except for the pastries and cheese, pretty much nothing stick with me.
I’ve always loved croissants. Really? What’s not to love? A flaky buttery piece of bread. Flour, salt, sugar, milk, egg, butter and yeast never combined so well together.
If you have never had a croissant you’re missing out!
I used to tell myself : making croissants it’s not for me. I don’t have that much patience plus you need to have some sort of culinary training for that. Only pastry chefs can make croissants.
How wrong was I! I’ve not only made these croissants once, but twice this past weekend and since I had so many requests for the recipe, I’m sharing it with you.
But first let’s take a moment and talk about the secrets of making croissants.
Keep the butter cold! At one point you’ll have to work the butter but put it back in the fridge as soon as you’re done.
If possible keep the work area cold. I placed ice-cubes on the table to keep it cold while the dough was resting.
Make sure once you add the butter the dough doesn’t get warm allowing the butter to soften.
Trust your yeast! I used Red Star PLATINUM which is an instant yeast combined with dough enhancer.
I used Red Star PLATINUM yeast a lot in the last month (more recipes to come). I just wanted to make sure there’s a difference between the active dry yeast and the PLATINUM.
And there is, actually there are a few, but what I love more about the new yeast is that it saves me time. I love baking bread but as you know it takes some time for the dough to rise twice and then wait some more for the bread to bake.
With Red Star PLATINUM the rising time is shorter. Although the baking time stayed the same, you can notice a big difference in the volume of the bread.
Making whole wheat bread sometimes turns out to be on the heavy side but not anymore. You can have a whole wheat bread that is lighter and airy with PLATINUM.
If you live close to me, you’ll find it at GIANT grocery store. Here’s a list with all the participating stores around the country.
Red Star PLATINUM is offering one of you a pretty bow-tied box just like the one I received filled with an apron, wooden cutting board and samples of Red Star PLATINUM. (details about the giveaway at the bottom of the post)
Let’s make some croissants now, shall we?
Now the giveaway!
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Disclosure – I received a box full of Red Star PLATINUM Yeast goodies to get creative with my baking. All opinions express in this post are my own and always will.