Croissant is the epitome of classic French baking - flaky, buttery, made with the finest ingredients and tedious technique. Only a few non-professional bakers dare to try making croissant at home. And it's quite understandable because of the elaborate process called "laminating" to make it flaky.
This National Croissant Day, why not try whipping up a batch of delicious croissants? There's more than one way of making it, and you'll surely find one that you love the most - whether you prefer to have it gluten-free, easy-bake (with just three ingredients), or classic.
Here are three of the most delicious croissant recipes online for all you foodies out there. Happy baking!
Gluten-Free Croissant Recipe, Quicker and Easier (Gluten-Free Gourmand)
This is a great recipe for those who are allergic to - or are trying to avoid - gluten. Not only is this recipe gluten-free, it's also much easier to pull off than the classic French recipes that require laminating technique.
"This recipe uses a technique typically seen in other types of pastries and biscuits - cutting in the butter. This is much faster than laminating and doesn't take much in the way of technique. So never fear, you do not need to get a degree from the Cordon Bleu to make these tasty pastries!"
- 225g (1 3/4 cup) Rustic White Bread Flour Blend
- 12g (2 TBSP) Ground psyllium husk (note: this is more than typical)
- 1/2 tsp Yeast
- 12g (1 TBSP) Sugar
- 1/4 tsp (2g) Salt
- 140g (5 oz) very cold European-style cultured butter
- 225g (Scant 1 Cup) Ice-cold water
- 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Chocolate Croissants (Dessert for Two)
This is a great classic croissant recipe that you can make right at home. It's also a great one to make if you love chocolate! If you're not much of a chocoholic though, you can forgo chocolate chunks for good cheese varieties like edam or emmental. You can also go plain and slather it with butter as it comes off from the oven.
"I don’t want you to be overwhelmed by French pastry. You should have a cool and aloof approach to the dough, just like a real French pastry chef. French looks so good on you."
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon 2% milk, divided use
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, divided use
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons high-quality butter (European style)
- 1 large egg yolk, beaten
- 1/3 cup chocolate chunks
3-Ingredient Nutella Croissants Recipe (Gimme Some Oven)
If you want to bake chocolate croissants right in your own kitchen but you don't have enough time and energy to pull off a classic French recipe, this is the perfect recipe for you! With just three ingredients, you can enjoy a batch of freshly baked croissants from the oven sans the hassle and exhaustion!
"These 3-ingredient nutella croissants are simple to make, and perfectly warm and flaky and Nutella-licious."
- 1 package (2 sheets) store-bought puff pastry*, thawed but still cool
- 3/4 cup Nutella
- 1 egg (plus 1 tablespoon of water)
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