How to put it..? I just cannot stand Marcińskie Croissants! (here you can find the recipe) And I know it’s all about this tradition of eating them on 11th November but… I strongly oppose, no no no!
I’m not sure why I don’t like them so much… Lately, I’ve noticed they’ve got this marzipan as on of the filling ingredients. Something I don’t like at all. So maybe that’s the reason..? Oh well, we can’t have everything, can we? :) Maybe one day I’ll find it in my heart to make and like them but as for the time being… bleee, nope :)
Yet, I let the tradition take its course and make croissants which were appealing more to my palate ;)
I experimented a bit with the filling and one thing for sure, I’ll experiment on it even more next time :)
Just a small warning, my croissants are far from being sweety sweety. So if you have a sweet tooth, add some more caster sugar (or use milk chocolate instead of a dark one)
Should be fine then :)
Oh, and one more thing – they look crippled, I know… So what ;D
Ingredients for the dough (for 10 medium croissants):
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 packet of instant yeast (7g)
- 1 egg
- 160ml warm milk
- 2 Tbs melted butter
Mix dry ingredients altogether.
Add whipped egg and mix it in.
Add warm (not hot!) milk and knead the dough for a moment.
Last but not least, add melted butter and knead the dough thoroughly. It may take some time. We should be doing it till all ingredients are incorporated and the dough gets smooth and not sticky at all (the dough from this recipe cooperates quite nicely :))
When the dough is ready, form it into a roll and leave it for growing (it should get twice as big)
(I put it in my famous warm kettle, as usual ;P)
Meanwhile, we can prepare the filling.
Ingredients for the filling:
- 100g ground nut mixture (hazelnuts, pecans, almonds)
- 25g caster sugar (next time I’ll add two big Tbs of it but all depends on your taste)
- 1 Tbs cocoa
- 25g melted butter
- few drops of vanilla flavour
- 1 egg white
- several pieces of dark chocolate (or milk) (25g to be precise)
Roast ground nut mixture on a dry frying pan for a moment.
Add caster sugar, cocoa, melted butter and the flavour. Stir it altogether.
Grate the chocolate.
Add white egg and grated chocolate to the mass and stir it until smooth and incorporated.
When the dough is grown enough, divide it into 10 small rolls.
Each piece roll to get an oval form placing the filling on it (you can leave the sides with no filling)
Roll it up and try to form a croissant (when you look at my pictures, you’ll realise that it can be also about pseudo-croissant creatures :P)
Put the baking paper into the form.
Place the croissants in the form (no touchy touchy) and leave them for growing a bit again.
After 15-20 minutes, glaze them with a whipped egg stirred with a spoon of milk and… into the oven they go!
Bake for 20-25 minutes (till they get brownish) at 180°C.
Cool them… or eat hot straight from the oven ;D
You can put some icing on them if you feel like – pour 1/2 cup of caster sugar with a Tbs of boiling water and stir until smooth.
Straight from the oven:
And those that survived till the morning time: