Step 1: Don’t Even Try, was fun to write and share. So without further adieu, let’s get on with the dough.
Step 2: A Recipe for Disaster
The surest way to a kitchen disaster, at least when cooking something new, is to trust all your ingredients to one recipe. It’s like putting all your proverbial eggs in one basket. Which begs the question, why’s it so hard to find farm fresh proverbial eggs.*
It’s also why I’m using three different recipe resources. The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook is my go-to resource. It’s terrifically clear and tells you why you’re doing something, as opposed to, only telling you what to do.
Unfortunately this time around TCIC told me to, laminate the dough. Now I’ve heard of laminate paper and laminate wood flooring but both sound as tasty as, well, wood.
So I’m also consulting Fine Cooking’s croissant recipe, and this Martha Stewart Bakes video. The information and instructions are similar but the visuals in both help clarify those fret inducing steps like, laminate the dough.
Seriously, there’s got to be a better word for this step. How about, layer the dough? Or stuff the dough? Or grease it up? Or anything but laminate the dough? These are just my suggestions. Do y’all have any?
Consulting different recipes can feel like a lot of unnecessary work, but it can save you a lot of leftovers in the long run. Two Thanksgivings and 6 soupy, runny chocolate pecan pies taught me that.
Try as I might, I couldn’t make the recipe work. It wasn’t until I switched to a butterscotch pecan pie recipe that I fixed my dark chocolate pecan pie. Don’t take my word for it, though, judge for yourselves.
Looking at all these different recipes one thing is clear, good butter matters. Not only is using fattier European butter one of four tips from Easy Tiger head baker David Norman, it’s also specifically stated in TCIC. Luckily my bread gets hot for imported butter already, specifically Lurpak.
Well that’s it, now all that’s left is actually making the croissants. Step 3 will take time, but that means there’s time for you to join in. Choose your own recipes or the ones up above, pick up some butter with a thick accent, and even throw in an extra ingredient (if you want).
Tweet me your pics and I’ll include as many as I can in the final post. In Indian Macgyver’s kitchen there can never be too many cooks.
To quote the tenth Doctor, Allons-Y!
Hand-drawn illustrations by B. Mac’, my sister. You can find out more about her, like what the B. stands for, in the upcoming post How To Live with Your
Sister Sibling and Still Like Her Them. Cheers — I.M.
images by I.M.
© Chic Prune 2015