Many years ago I attempted to make croissants for the first time. They were delicious but I ended up covered in butter with the counter covered and the sink covered and basically the entire kitchen was covered in butter.
Today I tried again, with much more success. The recipe I used was once again from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion book. It was surprisingly simple and not horribly messy, which is always a plus. Anywho, here they are!
I failed to take pictures of the making of the pastry dough, let me just say it involved a giant square of butter and lots of rolling out and folding etc.
Here's the dough when I took it out of the fridge this afternoon all nice and puffed up:
Mmmmmm, you can even see little slabs of butter sticking out there :D
So then that dough was rolled out, trimmed, and cut into small rectangles. I decided to make chocolate filled croissants.
Roll 'em up and put them on a parchment covered tray and let 'proof' (or rise) again. Then a little egg brushed on top and into the oven!
I made some with chocolate chips and a few with nutella, and they are lovely and flaky and soooo delicious. Basically my home smells amazing right now.
Perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon:
Toddler approved of course :)