Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Oh la la! *

And now, in a completely apropos cosmic shuffling, the daring bakers had us bake croissants this month!

Blog checking lines: The Daring Bakers go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!

ooh! look at those layers!

Here's the thing about croissants, my dear readers: they take, at minimum, two days.  They taste good, and they're not that difficult to make, but MAN, are they fussy.

Brushed with egg white and ready for the oven!

For example, note the steps:

1. mix the dough
2. 3-hour rise
3. fold it like a letter
4. 90 minute rise (or overnight)
5. incorporate the butter, do some clever folding
6. two hour rest in the refrigerator
7. fold some more
8. another two hour refrigeration
9. make into crescents
10. 1-hour rise
11. bake!

Did you see that? That's five rises/rests. FIVE. That's basically a weekend spent timing each hour and never going far from home.

yum please.

But I don't mean to be a complainer. This recipe is totally doable, if you have the time and the patience. It's also delicious.

And one of the only recipes I've made this year with the daring bakers that I didn't have to re-do. First time was a charm. Maybe I'm lucky...or maybe Julia Child is a hero. You be the judge.

*Also, I would like to report that although we in the United States seem to think that the French say "ooh la la," I personally heard at least three French people say "oh la la" while I was there last month. Not oooh, but O. Just thought you might want to know.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

number twenty-five

Just one of the many, many, multi-layered buttery treats that passed through my lips during my two week stint in Paris.