There are things in life that I secretly long to do, but I'm just not bold enough to do on my own. But I'll do them if I have a friend call me up and say, "I'm longing to do this. Will you do it with me?" All I need is a little hand-holding and encouragement and I can pretend to be fearless.
That's how this month's Bread Baking Babes assignment felt to me. Croissant! Me make croissant? Are you crazy? That's something that you go buy. You can't really make croissant.....can you?
Katie, of Thyme for Cooking, our fearless host kitchen of the month gave us this assignment. With the encouragement of the other Babes (and the looming posting deadline), I put on my apron, got my unsalted butter out of the freezer, and gave it a go. I chose to divide the task into two days and that made it easier. The only truly tricky part is leaving yourself a day in which you babysit the dough - refrigerate, take out and roll, turn, repeat. Three times. But other than that, it's just baby steps.
I also made a couple of them as Pain au Chocolate. They were so good they disappeared before they could even have their pictures taken! (Trader Joe's carries chocolate batons, in case you want to try them.)
My family got so excited that I'd made croissants that I felt like a kitchen super-hero for the day. Now I want to try different recipes to see if I can nail down the perfect croissant. Hmmm, any volunteers for taste testers nearby?
The recipe for the croissants is on Katie's site. Be sure and check out the tasty creations from the other Babes (addresses in the sidebar). And if you'd like to try your hand at croissant making and post about it by Feb. 2, 2009, send the link to Katie and she'll send you the highly coveted Baking Buddy badge to proudly display on your site.