Croissants

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Croissants

Buttery with just the right amount of flakiness, these delicious croissants will hit the spot.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Breads

Ingredients
  

  • 4 1/4 cups Manny's Choice flour
  • 4 1/4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons European-style unsalted butter melted, plus 24 tablespoons chilled
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp water & pinch of salt
  • Note: if the dough retracts or softens at any point, fold in into thirds , warp it in plastic & freeze it for 15 minutes. Do not make these in a room that is warmer than 80 degrees.

Instructions
 

  • Whisk flour, yeast & salt together in bowl of stand mixer. Whisk milk, sugar, and melted butter in 4-cup liquid measuring cup until sugar dissolves. Using dough hook on low speed, slowly add milk mixture to flour mixture & mix until cohesive dough starts to form & no dry flour remains, about 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Increase speed to medium-low & knead for 1 minute. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap & let dough rest for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet & press into 10 by 7-inch rectangle -- about 1 inch thick. Wrap tightly with greased plastic & refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, fold 24-inch rectangle. Fold over 3 open sides of rectangle to form 8-inch square with enclosed sides. Crease folds firmly.
  • Place chilled butter directly on counter & beat with rolling pin until butter is just pliable but not warm, about 60 seconds, then fold butter in on itself using bench scraper. Best into rough 6-inch square.
  • Unfold parchment envelope. Using bench scraper, transfer butter to center of parchment, refolding at creases to enclose. Turn packet over so that flaps are underneath & gently roll until butter fills parchment square, taking care to achieve even thickness. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to freezer & chill for 30 minutes. Transfer dough to lightly floured counter & roll into 17 by 8-inch rectangle, with long side parallel to counter edge. Unwrap butter square & place in center of rectangle. Fold 2 sides of dough over butter so they meet in center. Press seam together with your fingertips.
  • Using rolling pin, press firmly on each open end of dough packet. Roll dough into 24 by 8-inch rectangle, with short side parallel to counter edge. Fold bottom third of dough over middle, then fold upper third over it like business letter to form 8-inch square. Turn dough 90 degrees counterclockwise & repeat rolling & folding into thirds. Return dough to parchment-lined sheet, wrap tightly with greased plastic & return to freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to lightly floured counter so that top flap of dough is facing right. Roll dough into 24 by 8-inch rectangle, with short side parallel to counter edge & fold into thirds. Return dough to baking sheet, wrap tightly with plastic & refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • Transfer dough to freezer & chill for 30 minutes. Transfer dough to lightly floured counter & roll into 18 by 16- inch rectangle, with long side parallel to counter edge. Fold upper half of dough over lower half. Using ruler, mark dough at 3-inch intervals along bottom edge with bench scraper (you should have 5 marks). Move ruler to top of dough, measure in 1 ½ inches from left, then use this mark to measure out 3-inch intervals (you should have 6 marks).
  • Starting at lower left corner, use pizza cutter or chef’s knife to cut dough into triangles from mark to mark. You will have 12 single triangles & 5 double triangles; discard scraps.
  • Unfold double triangles & cut into 10 single triangles (making 22 equal-size triangles in total). If dough begins to soften, return to freezer for 10 minutes. Cover all triangles loosely with greased plastic.
  • Cut ½ inch slit in center of short end of 1 dough triangle (keep remaining triangles covered). Grasp triangle by 2 corners on either side of slit & stretch gently.
  • Grasp bottom point of triangles & stretch. Place triangle on counter so point is facing toward you & fold both sides of slit down.
  • Positioning palms on folds, roll partway toward point. Gently grasp point again & stretch. To finish continue to roll, tucking point underneath. Curve ends gently toward one another to create crescent shape. Repeat with remaining triangles.
  • Place 12 croissants on 2 parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets, spaced about 2 ½ inches apart, 6 croissants per sheets. Cover loosely with greased plastic & let rise until nearly doubled in size, 2 ½ to 3 hours. (Unrisen croissants can be refrigerate for up to 18 hours; let rise at room temperature for 3 to 3 ½ hours before baking.) Place remaining 10 croissant on separate parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart. Wrap tightly with greased plastic & freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Transfer frozen croissants form baking sheet to zipper-lock bag & return to freezer. (Frozen croissants can be stored in freezer for up to 2 months. Arrange on 2 sheets as directed & increase rising time by 1 to 2 hours.)
  • Adjust oven racks to upper-middle & lower-middle positions & heat oven to 425 degrees. Gently brush croissants with egg mixture. Place croissants in over & reduce temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes, then switch & rotate baking sheets. Continue to bake until deep golden brown, 8 to 12 minuets. Transfer croissants to wire rack & let cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Enjoy!

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