Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Chocolate Croissants

The battle with yeast continues hehe! I've got a big long list of different things that I want to make, along with my normal different cupcake flavours and Chocolate Croissants was one of them, so it was these that I decided to make this week. Another one of the things on my list was Outrageous Chocolate Brownies, brownies with coffee, walnuts and heaps of chocolate which I made last week and was going to post up the other day just to find that the photos I had taken of them had been deleted off my camera so no posty for them :( but I've gotta say the richness and the smell of them was so good, silly camera, its so annoying when stuff like that happens! Anyway back to the croissants! It's a pretty long process, the dough has to be kneaded and rested so many times but it is definately worth it, I'm so pleased that I've managed to master yeast :). I made the dough the night before and the next day I cooked and baked them and then walked round to my Grandma's with a fresh batch, she loved them and has been having them for breakfast every morning! :D. I'm not really a fan of croissants myself but she loved them and that's all that matters :).

Chocolate Croissants
makes about 24

1 cup butter, softened
2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 cup warm water 105º to 115º
2/3 cup milk
4 cups to 4 1/2 all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
200g dark chocolate, broken into small triangles


1. Press butter into a 10- x 8-inch rectangle on wax paper; chill.

2. Combine yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, and water in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

3. Heat milk to 105° to 115°. Combine yeast mixture, warm milk, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 cups flour, vegetable oil, salt and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat mixture at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk, once doubled in bulk punch dough down. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill dough 1 hour.

5. Punch dough down again and turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 24- x 10-inch rectangle. Place chilled butter rectangle in center of dough rectangle, and carefully fold dough over butter. Pinch edges to seal.

6. Roll dough into an 18- x 10-inch rectangle; fold into thirds, beginning with short side. Cover and chill 1 hour.Repeat rolling and folding procedure twice, chilling dough 30 minutes each time. Wrap dough in aluminum foil, and chill 8 hours.

7. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Roll 1 portion into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface, and cut into 6 wedges (keep remaining dough chilled). Place 2 to 3 tiny rectangles of the chocolate, beginning on the wide end of each croissant dough wedge, and roll up each wedge, tightly. Place, point side down, on greased baking sheets, gently curving rolls into crescent shapes. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

8. Bake at 425°F (220C) for 8 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool croissants slightly on baking sheets, and transfer to wire racks to cool. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portions.

Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate Croissants


Ingrid said...

Hurray! I've been working on conquering yeast, too! You go girl croissants are waaaay more difficult than anything I've done so far.

You did a great job!

Cakebrain said...

yay for you! I attempted to make croissants once, but the weather was too warm and the dough was getting unmanageable. Yours turned out great! lucky grandma!

Paris Pastry said...

You made croissant dough from scratch? Wow! I once made puff pastry from scratch - not a repeater! They sure do look delicious!

Karine said...

That's an amazing job! Congrats!

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

mmm... I could go for one of these right now :)

Mommabear said...

Ooh, I will have to try these! My hubby lived in Europe for a while and lived off of chocolate croissants, he'll love it if I can conquer them!!

Abby said...

Wow! I LOVE chocolate croissants - one of my fave things in the WORLD - but I don't have the guts to attempt this. Impressive!

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