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Se7en Make Basic Pastry and Chocolate Croissants…

February 23rd, 2011 · 10 Comments

I know I said I would stop the chocolate, but what can I say… when you are on a roll!!! Anyway we are reviewing a couple of basics at the moment and so we made some pastry… and if you make pastry then you have to make a pie or croissants… and chocolate croissants they were. You can use regular puff pastry for this and I always keep a roll in the freezer for emergencies… but we were really learning about making pastry… so join the project!!! Really these are so easy and so tasty, you should give them a try!!! This is what you are aiming for:

 

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Let’s Meet the Players:
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  • 200 g cake flour. Plus a bit extra for rolling out.
  • 50 g icing sugar. Plus a bit extra for sprinkling afterwards.
  • a pinch of salt
  • 125 g butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • You will also need a 100g slab of melted chocolate for the filling.

Let’s Play the Game in Se7en Steps…

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  1. Pop the flour, sugar and the pinch of salt into a mixing bowl.
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  3. Cut the butter into small blocks.
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  5. Add the butter to your flour ingredients and crumble together with your fingers.
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  7. Separate two eggs… and keep the egg whites for making meringues.
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  9. Pop the yolks into the crumbly mixture and knead it gently… the dough should form a good ball.
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  11. Cover the ball of dough in plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours.
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  13. Sprinkle your surface with flour and roll your pastry out… your pastry is now ready for all most any pastry project…

We turned our pastry into chocolate croissants…
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We rolled the pastry out and then cut it into triangles…
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We spread a dollop of melted chocolate onto each triangle…
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And carefully rolled the from the wide end to the narrow end, then we placed them on a greased baking tray…
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Here is one ready to bake…
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Bake them in a hot oven, about 200 degrees Celsius, until they start to go golden brown…
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A quick sprinkle with icing sugar…
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And your croissants are good to go… Have fun!!!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cori // Feb 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Looks like I’m baking today!

  • 2 Cheryl // Feb 24, 2011 at 12:36 am

    For a moment there I thought you were going to make puff pastry and make me feel like a light weight on the pastry front. Short crust I can do. Puff pastry I made once at school and decided life was too short to make it again!

    Those croissants look so yummy.

  • 3 se7en // Feb 24, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Sounds like such a good idea, Cori!!! Have fun!!!

  • 4 se7en // Feb 24, 2011 at 12:41 am

    No Cheryl, Just the regular stuff they can use to make an apple pie for dinner and … well chocolate croissants!!! I think you are so right about puff pastry… just buy the stuff!!! Though Choux pastry is a breeze and everyone should know how to make an eclair… really a dollop of choux pastry, a dash of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate – I am hoping my gang will be impressing future in laws with those – hence all the training!!! Have a fun week!!!

  • 5 KM // Feb 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Those look lovely. I’m not a chocolate fan, but I’m quite sure those would change my view on cocoa forever. :):) Have you considered putting together a printed version (coffe table style) book of all your family recipes for your family and friends? I think it would be a neat gift to give each of the kids when they get married (LOOOOONG time from now)… a pretty book with all the recipes they enjoyed when they were young. :):)

  • 6 Cori // Feb 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    is there something missing? it came out like a chocolate filled shortbread – not bad, but not what I was expecting!

  • 7 se7en // Feb 25, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Oh KM, That’s a great idea… and what a fabulous “Leaving home” gift it would be, especially since we are all such foodies!!! I have thought of making a book of “Week That Was Posts…” but that is as far as I have gotten… just a thought!!! But an idea is often the start of something great!!! Lots of love…

  • 8 se7en // Feb 25, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Hi Cori, I am so impressed you made them… This is our standard pastry recipe that we use for pies and other pastry delights. I have checked and all the ingredients are there, it looks right – but maybe I should check it in the light of day!!! It is not the puffy pastry you would find in store bought croissants. When I want puff pastry croissants I usually just buy a roll from the freezer section the grocery and roll it out and add the chocolate and carry on as the recipe states. I actually keep a roll of puff pastry in our freezer it is my absolute stand by for instant treat when guests surprise us. Sorry they weren’t what you were after and I hope you enjoyed them anyway. Thanks for getting back to us and have a great day!!!

  • 9 Jacqui // Feb 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    This post is making me hungry!

  • 10 se7en // Feb 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Jacqui Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!! Hope you have had a fabulous weekend!!!

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