Friday, August 22, 2014

It's raining croissants

A rainy day for us is something to be celebrated and it is considered very poor form to ever complain about it, no matter when it falls.  On rainy days we stay close to home unless venturing out is absolutely necessary.   Our roads are much easier to negotiate when they are dry and aside from the road situation we love being at home to simply enjoy the moment. 

When rain tumbled down recently I felt the need for a baking project, in addition to my usual bread adventures and I settled on croissants.  This was my third ever attempt at croissants and my first attempt in the cold weather.  With such a glorious amount of butter involved, cold weather baking is easier for croissants, in my opinion.

I wouldn't recommend attempting these with a cluttered kitchen bench, a sink full of dirty dishes, visitors looming or when you are feeling impatient or frazzled.  Although not necessarily difficult, croissant creation is a lengthy process involving quite a few steps and plenty of clear, clean bench and fridge space is preferable.


The dough prior to the addition of butter is the most magnificent, silky combination of flour, milk, brown sugar, yeast and salt.  It smells and feels heavenly.


There is a lot of laminating (folding) and resting the dough, while keeping everything cool at all times. 


Pointy triangles are carefully cut, using a template and then rested. 



The triangles are carefully rolled, gently stretched and left to quietly prove.       


These croissants were flaky, crisp and less oily than previous batches I have attempted.  I know I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to learning these complex baking techniques.  But, this batch made me happy and I found the process both therapeutic and rewarding.  Isn't that what cooking should be about?


Have a lovely Friday and weekend friends, I hope you find time for some baking.  

**I will not be sharing this recipe on my blog.  Instead I recommend using the recipe from here: Bourke Street Bakery, the ultimate baking companion by Paul Allam and David McGuinness.  This is easily my favourite baking book for easy to follow instructions, achievable recipes and inspiring photography.  

42 comments:

  1. Ohh the buttery goodness that is croissants. They look delicious.
    I've currently got a no-knead crock pot loaf of bread rising, which I'll be baking in time for lunch.
    x

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    1. Your bread sounds delicious Zara! x

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  2. Oh Jane...I LOVE croissants and these little creations look divine! I love rainy days and baking would be a good way to spend one. xx

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    1. Thanks Kate...who doesn't love a rainy day? x

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  3. Just beautiful. Croissants are always a birthday breakfast treat here, though of the bought variety of course!

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    1. Thanks Fiona...they are certainly a treat aren't they, store bought or otherwise!

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  4. I'll have to keep an eye out for that book. I think you should be very proud of your croissants, they look perfect and I bet they tasted divine too!
    I love baking on a rainy day, or doing craft activities. Sometimes when it's rainy in winter it's nice to snuggle up by the wood fire with a blanket, some knitting and watch a movie. A rare treat but an enjoyable one.
    Doughnuts are another thing you need bench space and a clean kitchen for - and usually a rainy or very quiet day to I find!

    I hope you have a lovely day. The weather is glorious here this morning! I'm trying to soak up being in the sun during the day before the heat of summer comes.

    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Doughnuts are something I haven't tried to bake, I might have to add them to the list! x

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  5. looks to me like you have NAILED it Jane !! well done. just a tad sorry I don't live just down the road or I would be asking to help in Taste Testing!! EWE BEAUTY

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    1. Thanks Trish...would love to have you closer! x

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  6. Oh how delicious, and so perfectly made! I bet your kitchen smelt amazing too, which only makes a rainy day even better! Enjoy the rain and being in lockdown for a few days xxx

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    1. Thanks Kylie, unfortunately lockdown is now over but it was lovely while it lasted! x

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  7. Ah, I can almost smell them. They look divine. I am not sure that I could make these.

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    1. Thanks Francesca, I am sure you could make these!

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  8. It is an inspiring book isn't it. Croissants will happen one day for me...but not until I have more bench space, fridge space, less dirty dishes and less frazzledness. Yep, might be years and years that wait.
    Well done Jane, I reckon they look pretty darn perfect.

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    1. Thanks Brydie, I am pleased you like this book too. I read it constantly. Bench space/fridge space/head space rarely all come together for me either...which is why I have only tried these a few times! I love your thoughtful comments x

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  9. That's it! Next time it rains out your way, I'm coming over! Have some gum boots ready for me please... and white tea with one sugar xo

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  10. We've had rain too, though as we've been trying to get harvest finished, it wasn't particularly welcome. Your croissants look deliciously perfect and I'm mightily impressed with your tidy and well organised work bench. I've tried this recipe but thought the ferment was a bit of a faff for a recipe that already takes a long while but maybe I'll give it another go and hope mine look as good as yours. My main problem with making croissants is that now I know just how much butter goes into them!

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    1. I love your no-nonsense approach Anne! I agree; the ferment is a faff and it is a long recipe. Would it work equally well without the ferment I wonder? Yes, there is a lot of butter. Another reason this recipe is not on the high rotation list x

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  11. I've always been too scared to make croissants but now I think I will give it a go when I have a quiet day and of course a clean kitchen which i must prepare a day ahead! I always thought the Bourke cookbook would be complicated (and of course divine) so this is good to know.

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    1. Get the book Zena...you wont regret it :)

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  12. That dough does look amazing! I just want to reach in and touch it. My little babe would definitely be sneaking some - she is a little dough thief.

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    1. There are dough thieves in my house too Katie! Thanks for calling in :)

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  13. Oui oui! I do love a croissant - and these look delicious Jane! x

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    1. Thanks Naomi, great to hear from you x

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  14. It has been ages since l last baked croissants. Yours has turned out gorgeous, Jane.

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  15. oooo I love fresh croissants straight from the oven. Nothing beats them! You should definitely try making the chocolate ones too... when we made them at TAFE they were one of my favourite things straight out of the oven. Yum!

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    1. Thanks Dani, I truly wish I could do some croissant tutorials at TAFE. One day maybe!

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  16. You make this look so easy! And you photos are divine. Ah, I can only imagine how delish they were :)

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  17. how wonderful, all that rain! we never complain about it here either, unless we have it for five days straight, and that is very rare indeed.
    and just as wonderful to see the processes of the croissants. so butty and flaky and yummmmm. perfect warm with even more butter slathered on them.
    i hope you have a great week jane.

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    1. Thanks e, there is really no point in being shy with butter is there? x

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  18. It has, indeed, rained beautiful croissants. Such a refreshing shower. Great photographs :D

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  19. Great photos Jane, those croissants look soo good!

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  20. These look beautiful!! I so enjoy seeing small glimpses of station life on your blog.
    And here's a very random question: is Kangaroo Island still a good place to go see wildlife? I'm sending friends down to your part of the world for a short visit.
    :)

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    1. Thank you! I have not been to Kangaroo Island but I believe it is beautiful!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane