Traditional Buttery French Croissants for Lazy Bistro Breakfasts
1580 mins (prep 1560, cooking 20)
9 ingredients
8 servings
I do not profess to make these all the time; living in France gives me access to wonderful croissants and other French breakfast pastries, However, these are even BETTER than MOST I can buy at the boulangerie, really! It is a time consuming process to make them, but the results are well worth the effort. The butter-enriched dough can be made the night before and stored in the fridge, and it can also be frozen. Once you have the hang of adding the butter to the dough and turning and rolling it to trap the air in between the layers, you are nearly there with the technique. This is my own recipe for croissants, and the quantity yields between 8 and 12 croissants, depending on how accurate you are with the measurements of the triangles before they are rolled. I usually start my dough off in my bread machine for the mixing, kneading and proving - it just gives me more time in the kitchen to get on with other things. I have also given the traditional method by hand, and the dough can also be mixed with a dough hook in a food mixer - choose whatever method is best for you! These croissants can also be frozen - before being baked; defrost overnight in the fridge before baking as normal. Eat these with freshly ground coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh butter and a selection of confitures, jams and conserves.

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Serving Size (131.61 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 267.25 Calories from Fat 21.78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.42g 29.77%
Saturated Fat 0.52g 20.99%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 1.28mg 3.4%
Sodium 500.56mg 166.85%
Total Carbohydrate 53.77g 143.39%
Dietary Fiber 5.44 g 174.2%
Sugars 6.82 g %
Protein 9.72g 155.49%
Vitamin A 7.3IU% Vitamin C 0.11mg%
Calcium 141.54mg% Iron 2.93mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
warm milk, warm water, softened butter, dried yeast, softened butter