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I love making this easy and quick croissant because it saves so much time compared to the traditional way of making croissants. This is the easiest and quick croissant recipe I have ever made that yields very good results with lots of layers inside. Easy and Quick Croissant From Scratch (No Folding)

Why is it easy and quick?

If you have made croissants before from scratch using the “traditional” method, which involves some foldings and chilling the dough, you will know that it’s a long process. A while ago, I made some really good croissants using a much simpler method I learned from Ed Kimber’s Patisserie Made Simpler cookbook. They turned out super good and the process is much simpler. Now, this easy and quick croissant recipe without folding is even easier. Like seriously easy! Here are why: 1. We only rest the dough twice 2. No folding involved 3. You don’t have to chill the dough overnight, though you can if you want to 4. You can make croissants on the same day

How do you get the multiple flaky layers without folding?

Instead of folding, we will roll the dough and that’s how the multiple layers are created. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before!! Look at those layers even without having to do much work and a long process! Easy and Quick Croissant From Scratch (No Folding)

How to make easy and quick croissants without folding

1. I suggest that the room temperature you are at be around 70 F (21 C) or a bit lower, when you make croissants. Turn on the A/C if needed. This is important so the butter doesn’t melt. When it melts, you won’t get nice flaky layers

2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. You can also knead by hand of course. Stir the dry ingredients to combine. Add the milk and the softened butter 3. Knead the dough on the lowest speed to combine and then increase the speed to 2 and continue to knead until the dough comes together and is smooth. You don’t need to reach a windowpane stage here. If you knead by hands, knead for about 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth

4. Put the dough in a bowl, lightly sprayed with non-stick spray or brush with some oil to prevent sticking. Rest the dough at room temperature for 30 minutes. It’s a short proofing and the dough is not going to double in size 5. Deflate the dough by punching the air out and then fold the edge to center to form a dough ball. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes so it’s easier for you to roll the dough out 6. After 10 minutes, dust your work surface with some flour. Roll the dough out into about 20 x 60 cm rectangle using a rolling pin and try to deflate any air bubbles at the same time while you are rolling 7. I suggest wearing a glove so our hand doesn’t touch the butter directly. The butter for the filling should be soft but not melting. Use your hand to apply the softened butter all over the surface of the dough evenly. Use a dough scraper to help you spread it if needed. Make sure it’s an even layer all over the surface. You want to apply quickly so butter won’t melt

8. Roll the dough up tightly from the short side, like a Swiss roll. Wrap with a plastic wrap so the dough doesn’t dry out and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes

9. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Dust your work surface with some flour. Take the chilled dough out, the long side near you and use a rolling pin to gently flatten the dough a little bit. You don’t want to break the dough and the butter leaks out later 10. Then start rolling out into a rectangle again, about 32 x 23 cm (just roughly), and about 4 mm in thickness. Use a dough scraper to help you make the edge of the dough as neat as possible. If at any point during this time you notice the butter starts to melt, put the dough back in the fridge for a few minutes to let the butter hardens and then continue rolling it out again 11. Make a mark on the edge of the dough near you using a dough scraper or a knife, about 4 cm apart. Then use a dough scraper or pizza cutter to cut the dough into triangles. You can combine the last two half triangles together from the edge of the dough, it won’t be a perfect shape, but you get 9 croissants total

12. Work with one triangle at a time, stretch the wide part a bit and then roll it up to form a croissant shape. Make sure the tip of the triangle is facing down on the baking sheet. Gently press on the tip to seal so it won’t “uncurl” later. Give them some space, about 4-5 croissants on each tray, so they don’t stick together when they double in size 13. Make sure the tip of the triangle is facing down on the baking sheet. Gently press on the tip to seal so it won’t “uncurl” later. Give them some space so they don’t stick together when they double in size. If you use a half sheet pan (18 x 13 inches) , they will all fit in there without being too crowded 14. Proof the croissant at around 75-77 F (21-25 C). You do not want to proof them at a warm place because we don’t want the butter to melt (you will lose the flaky layers inside if it melts!). I just cover them with a clean cloth and put them inside the oven with the light on. This may take 2-3 hours for them to double in size. When you gently press on the dough, it will bounce back very slowly. That’s one of the signs that the dough is done proofing. They feel light and puffy too 15. If you proof the croissants in the oven, get them out and let them continue proofing at nice room temperature while you preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C) for a conventional oven and 350 F (180 C) for a convection oven, for about 15 minutes. Position the oven rack in the middle of the oven 16. Once the croissants have doubled in size, very gently apply an egg wash using a pastry brush. I added some sliced almonds. You can skip it if you don’t want to 17. Put the baking sheets in the positioned rack. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown 18. Remove from the oven and let them cool down on the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let them cool down completely before consuming.

Tips for success

1. Make sure the room where you are at is at nice room temperature, around 70 F (21 c) would be ideal. If you live in a warm place, turn on the A/C. This is important when it comes to make croissant 2. I suggest wearing a glove to avoid direct contact with the butter. I find that it helps not to melt the butter At any point when you feel like the butter is melting, you can pop the dough back in the fridge to let it harden before continue working on it. Why is it important for the butter to stay cold ? that’s how those flaky layers are created. If it melts, you will lose those layers Easy and Quick Croissant From Scratch (No Folding)

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Easy and Quick Croissant From Scratch (No Folding)

Easy and Quick Croissant From Scratch (No Folding)

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Proof the dough twice: 3 hrs 30 mins

Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins

Servings 8 croissants

Ingredients  

For the dough:

  • 250 gr bread flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25 gr sugar
  • 2 tsp active-dry yeast
  • 145 gr milk
  • 20 gr unsalted butter (softened)

Filling:

  • 113 gr unsalted butter (softened)

Egg wash:

  • 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp milk

Instructions 

Prepare the dough:

  • I suggest that the room temperature you are at be around 70 F (21 C) or a bit lower, when you make croissants. Turn on the A/C if needed. This is important so the butter doesn't melt. When it melts, you won't get nice flaky layers

  • Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. You can also knead by hand of course. Stir the dry ingredients to combine. Add the milk and the softened butter

  • Knead the dough on the lowest speed to combine and then increase the speed to 2 and continue to knead until the dough comes together and smooth. You don't need to reach a windowpane stage here. If you knead by hands, knead for about 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth

First proofing:

  • Put the dough in a bowl, lightly sprayed with non-stick spray or brush with some oil to prevent sticking. Rest the dough at room temperature for 30 minutes. It's a short proofing and the dough is not going to double in size

  • Deflate the dough by punching the air out and then fold the edge to center to form a dough ball. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes so it's easier for you to roll the dough out

Applying butter:

  • After 10 minutes, dust your work surface with some flour. Roll the dough out into about 20 x 60 cm rectangle using a rolling pin and try to deflate any air bubbles at the same time while you are rolling

  • I suggest wearing a glove so our hand doesn't touch the butter directly. The butter for the filling should be soft but not melting. Use your hand to apply the softened butter all over the surface of the dough evenly. Use a dough scraper to help you spread it if needed. Make sure it's an even layer all over the surface. You want to apply quickly so butter won't melt

  • Roll the dough up tightly from the short side, like a Swiss roll. Wrap with a plastic wrap so the dough doesn't dry out and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes

Shaping:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust your work surface with some flour. Take the chilled dough out, the long side near you and use a rolling pin to gently flatten the dough a little bit. You don't want to break the dough and the butter leaks out later. Then start rolling out into a rectangle again, about 32 x 23 cm (just roughly), and about 4 mm in thickness. Use a dough scraper to help you make the edge of the dough as neat as possible

  • If at any point during this time you notice the butter starts to melt, put the dough back in the fridge for a few minutes to let the butter hardens and then continue rolling it out again

  • Make a mark on the edge of the dough near you using a dough scraper or a knife, about 4 cm apart. Then use a dough scraper or pizza cutter to cut the dough into triangles. You can combine the last two half triangles together from the edge of the dough, it won't be a perfect shape, but you can get 8 croissants

  • Work with one triangle at a time, stretch the wide part a bit and then roll it up to form a croissant shape. Make sure the tip of the triangle is facing down on the baking sheet. Gently press on the tip to seal so it won't "uncurl" later. Give them some space so they don't stick together when they double in size. If you use a half sheet pan (18 x 13 inches) , they will all fit in there without being too crowded

Second proofing:

  • Proof the croissant at around 75-77 F (21-25 C). You do not want to proof them at a warm place because we don't want the butter to melt (you will lose the flaky layers inside if it melts!). I just cover them with a clean cloth and put them inside the oven with the light on. This may take 2-3 hours for them to double in size

  • When you gently press on the dough, it will bounce back very slowly. That's one of the signs that the dough is done proofing. They feel light and puffy too

  • If you proof the croissants in the oven, get them out and let them continue proofing at nice room temperature while you preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C) for a conventional oven and 350 F (180 C) for a convection oven, for about 15 minutes. Position the oven rack in the middle of the oven

Apply egg wash:

  • Once the croissants have doubled in size, very gently apply an egg wash using a pastry brush. I added some sliced almonds. You can skip if you don't want to

Baking:

  • Put the baking sheets in the positioned racks. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Cool down:

  • Remove from the oven and let them cool down on the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Let them cool down completely before consuming.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Easy and Quick Croissant From Scratch (No Folding)

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Marvellina

Marvellina is a food blogger, recipe developer, photographer, and publisher at What To Cook Today. A food blog that brings you tried and true Asian recipes.