takes a bite, looks at the chocolate inside and says, “well hello”
this recipe was a doozie. mainly because i’m not one to read instructions thoroughly. i much prefer to scan a recipe or whatever it is i’m reading. however, that tends to not be in my best interest especially when it’s a recipe that’s pretty involved.
3 sticks butter, softened at room temperature
4 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 packages dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1-1/2 cups milk, warmed to 80°F to 90°F
1/2 cup half-and-half, warmed
2 – 3.5 oz dark chocolate, bars
1 Tbsp water
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1 gallon sized zip-lock bag
1 damp tea cloth
13 x 9″ pans
1 glass pan
1 silicone brush/spatula
dough – in a large mixing bowl blend 2 cups of the flour with salt and sugar by hand. in a separate but small bowl, dissolve the two packets of yeast in the 1/4 cup of warm water. this takes about 8 minutes. once dissolved, add the flour along with the warm milk and warm half and half. with a wooden spoon, blend together to form the batter. do this for 2 minutes.
after the two minutes, at a 1/4 cup at a time, add the rest of your flour. stirring well after each 1/4 cup. as you are mixing, the goal is for the dough to be soft but not sticky. (for some reason mine was more on the sticky side. not really sure why) after all the flour has been added, knead for 5 minutes or with a bread hook with your electric mixer. i used my mixer.
cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for one hour. this will allow the bread to rise. about 30 minutes into the resting period, take out the butter to soften.
once your dough is finished chilling, make sure that the dough and the butter are about the same in temperature, 65 degrees. take your butter, cut each bar in half and then cut each half into 5 slicess longways. you will have 30 slices of butter once finished cutting. on a floured workspace, roll your dough out to a rectangle about 12 x 8″. take all 30 slices of butter and lay them out on your rectangle leaving about 1/2″ perimeter of dough exposed. layer slices of butter on top of one another if you’ve already covered the surface of your rectangle. fold your dough as if you were folding a letter, in 3rds. pinch your sides together so that the butter is not exposed. cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. we don’t want the butter and dough to be warm when we start to turn the dough, you always want it chilled.
when your 15 minutes is up place back on your work space and roll out to an 8 x 18″ rectangle. fold into thirds, then roll back out. fold back into thirds. you’ve just turned your dough twice. place back in the fridge for 15 minutes and repeat. do this one last time for a total of 6 turns ending on being folded in 3rds. this is how your dough gets its layered, flaky texture. after the 6th turn and fold you will need to take a damp tea cloth and wrap your dough loosely and place in a gallon sized zip-lock bag. place in fridge anywhere from 4 hours to overnight. i left mine in the fridge for about 24 hours and the dough was quite large and the zip-lock bag was completely blown up and tightly full of air. i thought it was going to explode :D
once your dough has finished resting, place on the counter for about 15 minutes. on a floured workspace roll your dough out to a 10 x 38″ rectangle so that your dough is about 1/4″ thick. cut down the middle of your dough to make two 5″ wide strips. using a pizza cutter cut triangles that have 5″ bases, cutting the strips horizontally. take these triangles and place them onto cookie sheets and put in the fridge for 15 minutes.
filling – while dough is chilling, take your bar of chocolate and cut the squares into small strips. these small strips need to be a good size so that when you roll your croissants, the chocolate won’t be sticking out the sides. take your triangles of dough out of the fridge, place your chocolate on top and roll into traditional croissant shapes. cover with a 13 x 9″ pan and set to the side for 1 – 2 hours so that your croissants double in size.
egg wash – in a small bowl crack one whole egg and add 1 T water. scramble. after resting, using your silicone brush/spatula, brush egg wash over top of the croissant. this will give your croissants a beautiful finish.
bake – preheat your oven to 425 degrees. fill a glass pan with water, and microwave until boiling. 5 minutes before you place your croissants into the oven, add the glass pan of boiling water to the bottom most rack in your oven. when you’re ready place your croissants in the oven and turn the heat down to 420 degrees. bake for 10 minutes. turn your cookie sheets and bake for 15 more minutes or until golden brown.
this is an extremely involved recipe, but don’t be scared. once you have defeated this monster dough you will be very satisfied and happy you made the effort.
enjoy and have a great weekend,
p.s. as always, don’t hesitate to ask us questions if you need further coaching/explaining.