Homemade French Croissants
Croissants are a buttery, flaky pastry that is a classic French breakfast treat. Fortunately, they are not hard to make. Here is a recipe for delicious homemade French Croissants.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water (or you might need more)
- 1/4 cup warm unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 large egg
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
- Add the cold butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in the almond extract and egg and mix until just combined.
- Add 1/2 cup of the cold water and combine with a wooden spoon until dough comes together. Add remaining two tablespoons of water if needed.
- Divide the dough in half and form each half into a disc. Wrap each disc tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disc into an 8-inch circle. divided the warm butter over the circles and spread evenly, leaving a 1-inch border.
- Fold the dough circles in half, then fold in half again to form triangles.
- Roll each triangle up from the base of the triangle, starting on the wide side and rolling towards the point. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and lightly brush with melted butter.
- Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375°F (or 190°C).
- Brush croissants with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.