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Classic Filled Croissants

Almond Croissants

Makes 6 croissants

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 ½ Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • dash almond extract
  • 8 oz croissant dough
  • 1 egg whisked with 2 Tbsp water, for brushing
  • sliced almonds, for sprinkling
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Method

  1. Stir the ground almonds, sugar, butter and extract in a small bowl until evenly blended and set aside.
  2. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to a large square about 9-inches across. Cut the dough in half horizontally and then cut 3 triangles from each.
  3. Make a 1-inch score on the short side of each triangle, and drop a teaspoonful of the almond base at the base of the score mark. Roll up the croissant from this side. Place the croissant (do not curve it) so the point of the triangle is at the bottom. Gently pinch the ends of the croissant down (to hold the almond filling in). Place these on a parchmentlined baking tray, leaving at least 3 inches between each other and cover these with a tea towel and then plastic. Let the croissants rise for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Brush the croissants with the eggwash, sprinkle with sliced almonds and then bake them for about 15 minutes until a rich golden brown. Allow them to cool, then dust with icing sugar before serving. The croissants are best enjoyed the day they are baked. If you wish to prepare ahead, you can make the dough, fold it and let it rise, and then cut and shape the croissants. Freeze the filled and shaped croissants on a baking tray, then pack in a container. The croissants should fully thaw and proof for about 3 hours before baking.

Cheese Croissants

Makes 6 croissants

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 ½ Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz croissant dough
  • 1 egg whisked with 2 Tbsp water, for brushing

Method

  1. Stir the cheese and flour together and set aside.
  2. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to a large square about 9-inches across. Cut the dough in half horizontally and then cut 3 triangles from each.
  3. Make a 1-inch score on the short side of each triangle, and place a tablespoonful of cheese (reserving 2 Tbsp of cheese to sprinkle on top) at the base of the score mark. Roll up the croissant from this side. Place the croissant (do not curve it) so the point of the triangle is at the bottom. Gently pinch the ends of the croissant down (to hold the cheese filling in). Place these on a parchment-lined baking tray, leaving at least 3 inches between each other and cover these with a tea towel and then plastic. Let the croissants rise for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Brush the croissants with the eggwash, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and then bake them for about 15 minutes until a rich golden brown. Allow them to cool a little before serving. The croissants are best enjoyed the day they are baked. If you wish to prepare ahead, you can make the dough, fold it and let it rise, and then cut and shape the croissants. Freeze the filled and shaped croissants on a baking tray, then pack in a container. The croissants should fully thaw and proof for about 3 hours before then baking.

Pain Au Chocolat

Makes 6 pastries

Ingredients

  • 8 oz croissant dough
  • 1 ½ oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
  • 1 egg whisked with 2 Tbsp of water, for brushing
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Method

  1. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to a large square about 9-inches across. Cut the dough in half horizontally and then cut 3 rectangles from each.
  2. Place a tablespoonful of chocolate at the base of each rectangle. Roll up the pain au chocolate from this side. Place these on a parchment-lined baking tray so that the seam of the pain au chocolate is on the bottom and press in the sides if needed to ensure it is a rectangle shape. Leave at least 3 inches between each pain and cover these with a tea towel and then plastic. Let the croissants rise for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Brush the croissants with the eggwash, sprinkle with a little Turbinado sugar and then bake them for about 15 minutes until a rich golden brown. Allow them to cool a little before serving. The croissants are best enjoyed the day they are baked. If you wish to prepare ahead, you can make the dough, fold it and let it rise, and then cut and shape the croissants. Freeze the filled and shaped croissants on a baking tray, then pack in a container. The croissants should fully thaw and proof for about 3 hours before then baking.