“It’s only 30p more for an Ottolenghi croissant than 1 at Euphorium. I’d scoop the 30p from Trafalgar Sq fountain with my shoe if I had to!”
Daniel @ Young and Foodish on twitter
If this hadn’t been a Daring Bakers challenge, I wouldn’t have baked croissants during the monsoons in India! Don’t get me wrong. Croissants are something I have long waited to bake, the shove in the right direction very much needed … but ‘Hot & humid at 35C‘ is obviously not croissant happy weather!Yes, it was time to go retro this month with Julia Child and Simone Beck tempting us to try these French delights … Fresh, Fluffy, French! My croissants were Fresh and French alright, though not as Fluffy as they characteristically should be.
The Daring Bakers go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!
The minute I popped the croissants into the oven, it poured like there was going to be no tomorrow! Pardon the bland pictures, but luck wasn’t on my side that day! Nevertheless, these tasted as good as they could given the pathetic weather consideration, and were gone really quick. I thought I’d do some with chocolate and others with roasted peppers and cheddar … in my dreams I guess, as I could barely get them to roll.In true Schwarzenegger style I’m going to say, “I’ll be back“. This is quite a ‘well-behaved’ recipe when the weather is hot and humid, so I can just imagine how good it’ll be in the winter. The kids LOVED the croissants with chunks of cheddar. I chose to bake from an amended recipe on the DB forum with reduced water and oil. It worked well for me.
Thank you Sarah for a wonderful challenge that I hope to revisit soon. Thank you as always Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!! Do stop by here to see the Fresh, Fluffy & French Croissants the other daring bakers have risen to this month!
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