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Homemade croissants

Homemade croissant recipe so that you can make croissants from scratch at home

If you are wondering how to make croissants at home with a stand mixer, here’s how! This post has a few photos to show the butter block that you tuck inside the dough, as well as the rolling and folding process to create those flaky croissant layers (also known as laminating the dough). And there’s also a recipe and a schedule to make the process easier so you can make these homemade croissants without any stress! 

Homemade croissants served on a white enamelware plate with a blue rim and a jar of orange marmalade, blue and white striped napkin, knife with

What are croissants and why do they taste so good?

Croissants are my favourite buttery breakfast treat, along with brioche and maple brioche. Growing up, croissants were a weekend treat, fresh from the bakery, warmed in the oven and served with orange marmalade, a winning breakfast combination if you ask me. Butter + marmalade = love. Today, I still enjoy croissants with three fruit marmalade. Croissants have a flaky, airy texture, combined with the buttery flavour of the yeasted dough. Like with brioche, homemade croissants are made with a lot of butter, and yet they are flaky and light, not heavy, because of the leavening agents in the recipe: yeast works to aerate the dough and while baking, the butter melts and the steam rises, opening up the layers of dough. The buttery, flaky layers make croissants different than brioche, which is a pillowy bread. Those layers make croissants highly addictive.

Croissants are different from puff pastry and brioche

Both puff pastry and croissants are made from laminated doughs, meaning that they are made up of flaky layers that are made distinct by working fine long sheets of butter into the dough. Puff pastry and croissants are made by a very similar process, but they are different. Croissants are a yeasted dough, while puff pastry is not. Puff pastry depends entirely on butter and steam for leavening, while croissants get a little help from yeast, which also adds a distinct flavour to croissants. Both croissants and puff pastry are even more different than brioche. When you make brioche dough, the goal is to work the butter into the dough until it disappears. In the case of croissants and puff pastry, the flakiness depends on fine layers of butter. The layers of butter are what make croissants and puff pastry different from brioche.

How do you make croissants from scratch?

Croissants are made with a basic yeasted dough. The dough is wrapped around a flat block of butter to seal the butter inside the dough. At which point, the lamination process begins, where you roll out the butter-filled dough, fold it over, and roll it again. The goal of the rolling and the folding is to create very long, fine layers of butter:a very thin sheet of butter nestled within the dough is where the flakiness of croissants comes from.

Three step-by-step photos to show how to wrap the butter block in croissants dough for making homemade croissants.

How many times do you fold croissant dough to make croissants?

In pastry school, we learned that croissants require 4 “turns” (1 turn = roll & fold), while puff pastry takes 6. I’m a bit lazy with my rolling and folding, so sometimes I roll the dough out a little thicker than I should but, not to worry, it still works out in the end! The fold is much like how you’d fold a letter, in thirds.

For more details on the rolling process, check out David Lebovitz’s post on whole wheat croissants.

Two step-by step photos to show the croissant folding technique like folding a letter in 3

How hard is it to make croissants at home?

Croissants are much, much easier to make than kouign amann (which was a little bit of a traumatic experience when I tried). I spread out the croissant-making process over 3 days so that there was no stress at any point, and so that my dough was always properly chilled. This way, you only have about 20 or so minutes of work to do every day. Twenty minutes a day is manageable. You can do it. The key is to not dawdle when you are doing the layering and to work in a cool kitchen (so perhaps this is best done in winter, when your kitchen is NOT +30ºC!).

Shaping croissants

Croissants before baking made by rolling triangles of homemade croissant dough.

How long does it take to make croissants at home?

It doesn’t take a lot of hands on time to make croissants, but there’s a lot of chilling and waiting, so though it takes about 95 minutes to make croissants, there’s hours and hours of wait time, which means you could be eating croissants for dinner. Not ideal. Here’s my stress-free croissant-making schedule:

  • day 1: prepare dough | chill for 30 minutes while you form the butter block | chill the butter block while you roll out the dough, then wrap the butter block in the dough and seal | do 2 turns | wrap & refrigerate overnight
  • day 2: do 2 turns | wrap & refrigerate overnight
  • day 3: roll out & shape croissants | let rise 1.5–2 hours | bake | eat

Croissant breakfast consisting of homemade croissants with a jar of orange marmalade served on a white enamelware plate with a blue rim, a knife, a blue and white striped napkin and a cup of coffee. Cooling rack of homemade croissants in the background

What to serve with croissants

Croissants are a butter, flaky breakfast treat that tastes great on it’s own, but why not serve it with your favourite homemade jams or spreads. Here are a few examples of what to serve with croissants:

Easy homemade croissants recipe

Homemade croissants

Croissant breakfast - homemade croissants with marmalade
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Easy homemade croissants

You can make buttery, flaky croissants at home from scratch with this recipe. Go through it step-by-step and split up the work over a few days to make it easier!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Keyword homemade croissants
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 croissants
Calories 245kcal
Author Janice

Ingredients

  • 83 mL water 1/3 cup
  • 83 mL milk (2 % fat) 1/3 cup
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 250 grams all-purpose flour 2 cups
  • 1 tsp fine kosher salt
  • 125 grams Stirling Creamery unsalted butter 1/2 package, cold
  • 1 large egg beaten

Instructions

  • Warm the milk with the water to 100ºF, then add it to the mixer bowl with the sugar, the yeast, and half the flour. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the flour and the salt, and knead for 3 or 4 minutes until a dough forms. If you notice the dough is too hard/firm/dry, sprinkle in a teaspoon or so of water.
  • Place the dough in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes covered with plastic wrap.
  • Meanwhile, place the butter between two sheets of plastic wrap and with your rolling pin, bash/roll/work the butter into a square block (4.5-x4.5-in). Transfer to the fridge to keep chilled.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge (it will have risen quite a bit in the fridge) and roll it out on a floured surface to form a 8.5-x8.5-in square. Unwrap and place the butter block overtop, "kitty corner", and then wrap & pinch the dough together to form an envelope around the block and seal in the butter.
  • Roll out the dough to a 12x9 rectangle on a floured surface, brush off the excess flour, and fold (1st turn).
  • Rotate the dough 90º, then roll out again to a 12x9 rectangle and fold (2nd turn). Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Repeat the rolling and folding process twice more to complete the 3rd and 4th turns. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Roll out the dough to a 12x9 rectangle, trim the edges if they are very uneven, then cut into 8 triangles. Roll the triangles to form croissants, then place on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Carefully and evenly brush with the beaten egg. Top loosely with plastic wrap and let the croissants rise for 1.5–2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Brush the croissants again with a thin, even layer of egg wash. Bake for about 35 minutes, rotating halfway until they are a deep golden brown.
  • Serve warm with marmalade.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal

 

I do my best to bake with the finest ingredients. Stirling Creamery, a Canadian company, has provided the butter for this post.

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28 Responses to Homemade croissants

  1. Kevin February 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I’ve been curious about how to make croissants and am so glad you wrote this. Croissants have always seemed a bit mysterious, daunting even. This is definitely something I will try, just as soon as my dough hook arrives from Amazon. (Alas, the other dough hook is somehow lost. How do you lose a dough hook? Now THAT’s mysterious.)

    • Janice February 13, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

      How DO you lose a dough hook?

      You could always knead by hand 😉

  2. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) February 11, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    You’re my hero! The three day process scares me – I took a class at Lenôtre in Paris and swore I’d never make them at home. Maybe I will just have to come and visit you!

    • Janice February 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

      Really, Mardi? Split up over 3 days, it felt almost easy. My only worry that I was going to overheat the butter as I rolled out the dough, killing the layers. That didn’t seem to happen, and I’m a pretty lazy roller too so maybe that helped 😉

      I wonder, was the Lenôtre recipe very different? I noticed David Lebovitz didn’t knead his dough much (just 10 or 20 seconds), whereas I kneaded quite a bit more than that (several minutes).

  3. Ayngelina February 11, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    These look so inviting on a cold, wet day.

  4. Teresa February 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Croissants are on my to accomplish list. Yours look perfect!

    • Janice February 13, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

      Thanks! They aren’t so hard to make, especially if you have a mixer to do the kneading AND if you work in a cool kitchen so that there’s no risk of butter layers melting. If the butter melts, it’s a nightmare 😉

  5. Ciao Florentina February 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    Those looking amazing! Not a project for the faint of heart tough, but so worth it!

  6. David @ Spiced February 23, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    What a great post! I’ve made croissants on occasion, but I’ve never stopped to take the pictures and turn it into a post. It’s such a lengthy process…but then again, I’ve never thought about spacing it out over a couple of days. Nice work!

    And I think we should team up…the ends of croissants are my absolute favorite part! Don’t get me wrong…I love the middle and all. But the end with the little crispy crunchies is where it’s at for me! Now I’m going to be craving a delicious buttery croissant all day. 🙂

  7. SuT March 11, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    Janice – You should try your hand at rugelach, particularly if you think butter + marmalade = love.

  8. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel March 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    you made those! holy, creative much? thats incredible! way to go! they look fantastic 🙂

  9. @LaCuisineHelene June 4, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    I like croissants a lot but never made them at home. They are delicious with chocolate. You did a great job!

    • Janice June 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      Good idea! I think next time I will make them with chocolate 😉

  10. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls June 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Funnily enough, I still eat croissants outside to middle. Always save the middle/best part for last! These look great, and you’ve made your process seem so easy that I may have to put aside my croissant-making reservations and give it a go some day soon. I’m thinking almond croissants with raspberry jam!

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