Welcome to another Daring Baker's Challenge! This month... CROISSANTS.
The Daring Bakers go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!
After reading the recipe, I was a little scared that these guys would take 12 hours to make. That's a LONG time, especially in a dorm room. But you know what? It's a challenge. So I'll take it on!
I made a few different types of croissants: original, bananas foster, and apple butter with almonds.
No, I've decided I'm not going to post the recipe for this. It's long and complicated, and if you want to see how Julia Child does it, you can watch her video HERE.
All I can say is: WOW. These were flakey, buttery, and delicious. Definitely could NOT tell that they were vegan, considering the only difference was using Earth Balance for butter and almond milk for regular milk!
I filled some with my bananas foster filling, using a mashed banana, cinnamon, and brown sugar. I sprinkled the tops with cinnamon sugar. This was my favorite flavor. Others I filled with apple butter and almonds and made them into little packets. I used apple butter mostly because it's fall and my desire for fall foods (pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, apple cider, pie, etc...) is kicking in. I love fall!
I highly recommend that you all take the time to try making this beautiful things. The layers in the dough that you can see after only folding it and letting it rise once (you do this like, 10 times!) is ridiculous. I love that you can pull apart the layers.
Food is beautiful. Thanks for the [successful] challenge, Daring Bakers!