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Friday, June 17, 2011

Croissants, strawberry and ginger jam and a give away!

First things first, don't forget my giveaway....closing 30th June 2011!  So hop along and follow or leave me a comment!

I have been challenged to try out croissants from here goes my attempt.....I'm serving mine with warm strawberry and ginger jam which I made's warm, aromatic and just perfect with croissants on these frosty mornings in South Africa....

I will show you from scratch...just in case you thought I bought  them at the bakery....

 The Recipe for Easy Croissants.

1 cup warm milk
1 tsp sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup flour
3/4 cup milk at room temp.
1 1/2 tsps salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup melted butter that has cooled
4 cups flour
1 cup Cold Butter
1 egg beaten with cold water


Stir warm milk and sugar together. Add yeast. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir well. Add flour; beat well. Add milk, sugar and egg. Beat until smooth. Add butter; beat and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, place the 4 cups of flour and the chilled butter. Cut butter into flour until pieces are the size of beans (not too small). Pour the liquid batter into the flour mixture; stir until moistened.Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator. Press into a compact ball on a floured board and divide into 4 parts. Roll each into a circle 12" or 16".Cut each circle into 6 or 8 pie-shaped wedges. For each croissant roll a wedge towards the point.Shape into a crescent and place on ungreased baking sheet.

Let rise at room temperature until doubled.(May take 2 hours or more). Brush each with egg beaten with cold water. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Place croissants in oven. Lower temperature to 180 degrees C and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until golden.

Recipe yeilds 24 croissants.



  1. Hi Shel! My oh my I am thrilled to bits that i found a fellow South African Blogger!! Thanks for stopping by my baby blog and thus leading me here to your page og gorgeousness. As a newby I have much to learn but am having a great time meeting like minded people and getting to grips with my PC! I am your newest follwer and oddly enough it has been on my mind to give croissants from scratch a bash! So will try the above recipe and hopefully mine will looks as great as these. You have made my day I have been meaning to google for SA bloggers! Thank you

  2. Your croissants look beautiful and the jam sounds great too! I'm sure ginger is a very nice addition to the strawberries-enjoy:@)

  3. Thank you....good luck with your blog Veronica...are you from SA too?
    Thanks....the ginger is great with...I will post the recipe next.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Love the new header also..

    These looks so good..

    What a fun day you had! Thanks for sharing the recipe..Have a wonderful weekend..:)
    I would have never doubted you made them:)

  5. P.S.It's even fun seeing the flour you use etc..different products:)

  6. Hi Shel!
    You have such a beautiful blog! The photos are lovely! This croissant recipe sounds like the "real deal" ~ so soft and light ~
    Thank you for stopping by at my blog too! I hope to visit you again ~ Have a wonderful weekend,

  7. This looks delicious! You are so smart to make them from scratch!