Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crossing the finish line with Croissants

This was a hard one!  I've baked a wedding cake before and I thought this was harder.  I guess harder in that it took more physical strength (my arms are sore today) and croissants are just plain high maintenance. I had a heck of a time getting the dough to roll to that magic 24 to 26 inches. The ruler quickly became my friend and enemy.  Friend when I reached 24 inches and enemy when it would show me I had to pull out some more muscle to makde the dough stretch some more.  It was a stubborn dough. I also had a issue of the butter seeping out of them when the were rising in the oven.  Obviously I made my oven too hot.  But then the butter also seeped out when I baked a second batch and let them rise on the counter.

So was as it worth it?  I didn't try one because I'm participating in a Whole30 challenge so all that flour is out for me.  My son loved them.  My daughter was non-committal and my husband commented that they were quite a bit smaller than the ones at our favorite French bakery.  But I'm glad I did make them and more glad to be finished.  Ever since I saw Martha Stewart make croissant dough on her show years ago, I have wanted to at least say "yeah, I've made croissants."  No biggie.  (but actually we all know it was!)

8 comments:

Tammy said...

I can't believe you didn't taste them! That makes me so sad. After all that work, too! :( But they do look nice.

Dawn said...

Good for you for sticking to your eating plan! Whew, that's tough.

Your croissants turned out beautiful! Great job!

Have Apron....Will Bake said...

Impressive making them and not eating them! That is quite the willpower! Great job with the croissants.

Cher Rockwell said...

Wow - you didn't taste them - I am impressed with your will power.

Look good!

saucygander said...

Yes, now we can say "I've made croissants", I still can't quite believe it's do-able. Yours looked great!

Cathleen said...

They look lovely. I would have had to at least sneak a bite! Good for you! What great willpower and commitment. Kudos.

Catherine from www.praycookblog.com said...

I absolutely don't have the willpower to NOT eat one. You amaze me. Blessings, Catherine

loavesandstitches said...

All that work and not even one bite? You are amazing. This was tough, but worth the work. Good job!