Honey, do these Croissants make me look Flat?
I cannot believe that I'm making croissants! I am both excited and intimidated!!
And now upon looking at the recipe, what the heck was I thinking when I thought making these would be a great idea!!!!!! Ack!!!
"You done it now, Jordy Verrill. You nunkhead!" (name that quote/movie) Maybe I could just skip the croissant making and go watch this movie again. It would definitely take a lot less time than making these croissants!!
I cannot find compressed yeast. I might have to use active dry yeast instead. But I will try a few more places before I totally give up on the compressed yeast.
I feel like I have procrastinated long enough. I couldn't find compressed yeast.....granted I didn't look all that hard for it. No doubt the day after I make these croissants, I'll see it in a store. (yep, sounds about right)
I have been putting off starting this recipe all week. I want to say it was because of the yeast issue, but really I'm just plain old anxious about these croissants. I have been reading and re-reading the recipe and instructions and feel overwhelmed by the process. And I'm not even sure why. Perhaps because the process seems so long and drawn out. But to be fair, most of the process involves little activity on my part. The dough has to sit in the fridge for 8 hours in the beginning and then there are three more stints in the fridge (2 hours for each turn).
I don't enjoy the waiting to make a recipe.....I just want to get right into it and get it done! Impatient? No, that sounds too negative. I'd say I'm eager! Yes, eager to get these croissants into the oven!!! (at this point I am half an hour into the recipe) Say, is that paint drying over there.........sigh.
What? It could happen. No, I know that's silly....the time commitment is way too much....a quick bread maybe....or biscuits...but not the time consuming croissants. Did I mention I have a migraine? Day two and the crazy is setting in. But I didn't let it stop me from starting this recipe! That's how
I decided against taking any photos of my dough making process. Hey, we've all seen the flour/yeast thing. And besides, it was dark and the lighting is unfantastic (hee hee...unfantastic...liking that word...in fact, I think that will be my super hero team name....The Unfantastics). Another reason to not take pictures: I made the butter part of this recipe as well. And hey, nothing goes better with picture taking than buttery fingers! The truth? My dough was being a diva and didn't want to be photographed in poor lighting.
The dough and butter have been chilling in the fridge overnight. And in the light of day, the dough feels much more at ease in front of the camera. It rose a lot in the fridge and even broke free from the plastic wrap. Luckily, we had to put the wrapped dough into a bag as well.
Once out of wraps, it is dusted with a bit of flour.
At this point, I really should have watched the video for making croissants. But alas, I did not.
With wild abandon I went to work rolling out the dough into a square oval (oval was the goal). Well at least I got the 10X17 requirements.
Butter gets centered onto the dough. Hmm...I think I should have turned the butter the other way.
Now that it is in the fridge, I am going to watch the how to video. Yep, I really wish I'd have watched this earlier. Now that I see how the dough was folded over the butter, I understand what I did wrong. If only I had a do over button. Sigh.
Up next, my first turn. But first, I have to roll it out. That is a whole lotta dough.
Okay, now to fold it brochure style. Seems to be working out okay.
Though I feel like I rolled it out too big, as I have to fold it to get it onto the baking sheet. I'll worry about that while it chills in the fridge for two hours. (built in worry time....how perfect)
Just like before; roll, fold, chill.
And two hours later; the third and final turn. (and there was much rejoicing)
And here we go, the moment of truth. Or more precisely the moment I see if I can cut croissant shapes. I cut a piece of parchment paper to help guide me. I cut the dough in half and put the other piece back in the fridge. (haven't decided whether to make more tomorrow or just freeze it)
Well that wasn't so hard to cut.
I started with the regular croissants first. The dough needs to be stretched before they can be shaped. This part is a bit tricky, as the dough is very easy to pull apart. (easily torn)
This is then rolled into a crescent. The rolling was pretty darn easy. And I am starting to forget about all the time it took to get to this part of the process.
No, Pillsbury Doughboy!
Both pans of croissants have been brushed with egg wash and are going into the oven to proof for three hours. Argh!!!
I don't know what happened or why it all went so wrong......
The croissants were getting all nice and puffy when I put them in the oven to proof. The first hour of proofing and they were looking good. After the second hour they went flat.....totally flat. WTF.
Flat as pancakes! Nothing like the previous pictures. And I had such high hopes for these.
But I still went ahead with baking them off. Seemed a waste to not at least try. Unfortunately, the time in the oven didn't help them at all. Still flatty, flat, flats. Failure is an option, even when you think you've done everything right.
So I went to The Google and googled my problem. Seems like I am not alone. Some people said to not even bother with the last proofing, as this sometimes happens.
Luckily, I still had the other half of the dough in the fridge! This time I only made the chocolate croissants. And I didn't let them proof...just right into the oven. They kept their shape so much better.
Check out how everyone else did here. And to see the recipe and our host, hop over to Amanda's site.
March 13, 2013
Made these again. But this time I was able to get compressed yeast. My favourite Bread shop, True Loaf sold me 8 ounces of compressed yeast. So I just had to try this recipe again since I wasn't so thrilled with my first batch.
So this time, as mentioned, I used fresh compressed yeast. Another thing, I didn't put a big bowl of steaming water in the oven when proofing the croissants. They rose up wonderfully. And they baked up beautifully. I am beyond pleased with the outcome of these chocolate croissants. So glad I tried them again.