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Best Homemade Croissant Recipe for National Croissant Day

Best Homemade Croissant Recipe for National Croissant Day

January 30th is National Croissant Day in the United States, giving all of us a chance to celebrate this creamy, crescent-shaped, curved pastry. The croissant rolls are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. There’s nothing better than having a breakfast croissant with the combination of coffee to kick your day off.

What Is a Croissant?

A croissant is a classic French pastry that is rolled into a crescent shape. Although croissants are considered a French specialty, they originated in Austria. Back then, it wasn’t as flaky as it is today. Later, in France, further changes were made to give it a proper shape and a crisper, more tender taste.

The croissant is a crispy nutritious breakfast item. It’s a popular snack that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, simply covered with everything from butter to whipped cream. If you haven’t tried this flaky and delicious homemade breakfast yet, National Croissant Day is the perfect opportunity to make them yourself.

Is It Hard to Make Homemade Croissants?

Making croissants with your own two hands from wholesome ingredients is the best way to taste them and learn how they are prepared. Traditional croissant making is a time-consuming process that involves the tedious processes of laminating, chilling, rolling, shaping, and baking. And with the feature of being airy, fluffy, rich, and buttery all at the same time, it is quite a bit more involved than most baking projects.

But for this homemade croissant recipe, we’ve cut out a lot of steps to save you making time. And the end result is just as good. When coming out of the oven, these fresh, warm, buttery, and flaky pastries will definitely wake up your senses. What a way to start the day!

What Kitchen Appliances Can You Use to Make Croissants More Easily?

A high-quality kitchen appliance can help simplify the cooking steps to a certain extent, saving time and energy.

To make croissants, typically, you’ll need a stand mixer like Ventray Stand Mixer to help mix your ingredients quickly and thoroughly. Another essential piece of equipment is an oven like Ventray Countertop Convection Oven to bake the croissants evenly for better and more satisfying results.

How to Make This Best Homemade Croissant Recipe?

Unlike other croissant recipes, this homemade croissant recipe doesn’t have a lot of steps, folding, and specific measuring and counting, making it suitable even for beginners. So, following our recipe, you’ll still have all those beautiful flaky layers, but it really cuts down on the prep work!

Start by mixing together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt with a stand mixer. Then add unsalted butter. Make sure every piece of butter is coated in the flour mixture.

Fold everything together until the dough forms a ball. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours before you start rolling and folding.

Click HERE to see the specific steps to make this homemade croissant.

Croissants fall into that category of laminated pastry. Cold butter is the key to the success of laminated doughs, so it’s very important to keep the dough cold at all times. Work as fast as possible, and if you notice the butter becoming soft at any point, wrap it right up and chill it until it’s stiff again.

How to Shape Croissants?

Firstly, divide the dough in half to make it easier to work with, and roll it out into a large, long rectangle. Ideally, it measures about 10 inches wide, 22 inches long, and about 1/8 inch thick.

Secondly, use a sharp knife to trim off the edges and cut the dough into long, skinny triangles. The target width is about 5 inches.

Next, cut a small notch in the wide end, which will help the croissant bend more easily and keep its curved shape.

Finally, start at the wide end of the triangle, and roll it all the way away from you. Be sure the point is hidden under the croissant, then bend the croissant into a curved crescent shape. Then pinch the ends together.

What Are the Tips for Success?

Here are some tips to make croissant success easier.

  • The butter needs to be chilled all the time.
  • Keep the sides of the dough as straight as possible while rolling.
  • Remove excess flour before folding.
  • If each step takes more than a few minutes, return the dough to the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Pinch out the square corners before folding the dough.
  • Just rolling lengthwise stretches the dough instead of widening it.
  • Be careful with the dough and be patient with yourself.

FAQs

What Tastes Good on a Croissant?

Croissants can be spread with a variety of delicious toppings. Croissants are also delicious with a little honey, a bit of strawberry jam, clotted cream, lemon curd, or a smear of butter. You can even stuff them before baking. For instance, you can place a few pinches of chopped dark chocolate on the wide side of the triangle before rolling it up.

Why Are Croissants Shaped Like a Moon?

“Croissant” comes from the word for “crescent”. A crescent moon shape was a symbol on the flag of the Ottoman Empire. These delicious crescent-shaped pastries are made to celebrate the defeat of the Ottoman Empire.

How Do People Celebrate National Croissant Day?

Here are some ways to celebrate National Croissant Day.

  • Bake your own croissants.
  • Treat your friends and coworkers to fresh-baked, warm croissants.
  • Make a soup or salad to serve with croissants.
  • Teach others who want to learn how to make croissants.
  • Use #NationalCroissantDay to post on social media.

Celebrate National Bagel Day with Us

Celebrate National Bagel Day with Us

For lovers of carbs and breakfast food, National Bagel Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate! From your classic sesame seed bagel topped with cream cheese to a fancy Everything Bagel topped with smoked salmon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re making them at home or picking up fresh-baked ones from your local bagel shop, National Bagel Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in a delicious morning treat. 

What is a bagel?

A bagel is a round, chewy bread roll that is boiled and then baked. It usually has a dense texture and is often topped with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or other toppings. 

What is National Bagel Day?

National Bagel Day celebrates the beloved bagel and all of its glory. It’s not entirely clear who first declared February 9th as National Bagel Day, but it has been celebrated since at least the mid-1990s. It’s a great excuse to get bagels for breakfast, brunch, or just as an afternoon snack!

When is National Bagel Day 2023?

National Bagel Day 2023 will be celebrated on January 15th. Bagels, a traditional Jewish bread, are enjoyed around the world and especially in North America. This special day celebrates this beloved morning food by offering freebies and discounts on bagel purchases. Many bakeries create unique flavours to commemorate National Bagel Day each year. Whether you’re a fan of plain or flavored bagels, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this special day. So mark your calendars for National Bagel Day 2023 and get ready to celebrate with a delicious bagel!

Where did bagels originate from?

Bagels are believed to have originated in Poland over 500 years ago and were brought to the United States by Polish immigrants in the late 19th century. They quickly became popular in New York City, where they are still a favorite today.

What kinds of bagels are there?

Bagels come in all shapes and sizes, with different toppings and fillings to suit every taste. From classic sesame seed bagels, pizza bagels, sweet breakfast bagels, blueberry flavour bagels, banana flavor bagels, herb flavour bagels, frozen bagels to jalapeño and maple french toast flavour bagels, there’s something for every bagel lovers! The deliciousness of the bagel is enhanced when it is toasted and then spread with cream cheese or topped with lox.

What kitchen tools can you use to make bagels?

The first step to make delicious bagels is finding the right tools. 

 

You’ll need a stand mixer like Ventray stand mixer for kneading the dough and shaping it into rounds, a baking sheet for baking them in the oven, and of course an oven like Ventray Convection Countertop Oven Master. Additionally, you may also want to invest in a lye or malt solution for a golden-brown crust and a chewy texture. Finally, you’ll need a slotted spoon or spider skimmer to drop the bagels into boiling water before baking and a wooden spoon for stirring them around during the boiling process. 

Bagel FAQ

Q: What are some creative ways to enjoy a bagel?

A: There’s so many possibilities when it comes to enjoying a modern bagel! Try topping your bagel with fresh fruit and yogurt or any other your favorite topping for a tasty breakfast or lunch. You can also get creative with your toppings and fillings by adding peanut butter, jam, mashed avocado, eggs, or cheese. Don’t forget about dessert – bagels are great for making sweet treats like french toast or cinnamon sugar bagel bites. 

Q: What's the best way to store a bagel?

A: The best way to store a bagel is by wrapping it in foil or plastic wrap and storing it at room temperature. This helps prevent your bagels from drying out and will keep them fresh for up to 3 days. If you plan on storing bagels for longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. 

Q: Are bagels healthy?

A: Yes! Bagels are a great source of complex carbohydrates and contain important nutrients like fiber, protein, iron, and B-vitamins. By topping your bagels with fresh vegetables or lean proteins, you can make a balanced and nutritious meal. Just be mindful of the calories in your toppings, as they can quickly add up. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try half of a bagel with some nut butter or low-fat cheese to help keep you full between meals.

Whether you’re enjoying a classic bagel at home or picking up them from your local bagel shop, National Bagel Day is a great excuse to indulge in this delicious treat. So grab some friends and get ready for a day of tasty bagels! 

Happy National Bagel Day! 

Three-Ingredient Cake Batter Funfetti Dip

Three-Ingredient Cake Batter Funfetti Dip

With just three ingredients and a few minutes, you can whip up this amazing Cake Batter Funfetti Dip! 

Perfect for any occasion, this dip is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

For other Funfetti cake batter dip recipesview more.

Ingredients

• 1 cup Funfetti cake mix (any flavor) 

• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 

• ½ cup white frosting 

Directions

1. Place the cake mix, cream cheese, and frosting in the mixing bowl of your Ventray stand mixer.

2. Using the whisk attachment, begin to mix on low speed for about 30 seconds until all of the ingredients are combined and smooth.

3. Increase speed to medium-high and continue to mix for a few minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

4. Garnish with sprinkles and enjoy!

Make This Recipe With

Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles​

Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles

These homemade chocolate chip waffles are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. This chocolate chip waffles recipe is easy to make, delicious and the perfect treat to make your breakfast extra special.

For other chocolate chip waffles recipes, and waffles recipes, view more.

Ingredients

  • 2 c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Using Ventray Stand Mixer, whisk the eggs and the vanilla.
  2. Add milk and butter, and mix to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the chocolate chips, and whisk until fully combined.
  4. Preheat your waffle iron.
  5. Pour into the mixture and cook until golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with butter and syrup.

Make This Recipe With

Scrambled Eggs with Oats

Scrambled eggs with oats

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Total: 10 mins | Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs or 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp instant oats (30 ml)
  • Salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Directions

1. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the oats. Season with salt and pepper.


2. Brush Ventray Grill with oil, and add eggs, cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.


3. Serve.

Make This Recipe With

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

Fruit and yogurt smoothie

Prep: 5 mins | Total: 5 mins | Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

1. Add all ingredients into Ventray Blender.

2. Blend to achieve desired consistency.

3. Serve immediately

Make This Recipe With

Cheese Omelette

Cheese omelette

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Total: 10 mins | Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded Emmentaler cheese

Directions

1. Beat eggs in a bowl; add milk and season with salt and white pepper. Whisk until egg mixture foams.

2. Melt butter in Ventray Grill over medium-low heat. Add the egg mixture. Cook until eggs are firm, stirring occasionally.

3. Sprinkle Emmentaler cheese down the middle of omelette; fold in half.

4. Cook until cheese is melted.

5. Slide omelette onto a plate.

Make This Recipe With

Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

This recipe is perfect for the health-conscious mom. The green smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients and is topped with fresh fruit, granola, and chia seeds.

Ingredients

• 1 cup spinach

• 1 banana

• 1 cup almond milk

• 1 tablespoon chia seeds

 

Toppings:

• Fresh fruit of your choice

• Granola

Directions

1. Blend the spinach, banana, almond milk, and chia seeds together in Ventray blender until smooth. 

2. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh fruit, granola, and chia seeds.

Strawberry Shortcake with Thyme and Whipped Cream

Strawberry Shortcake with Thyme and Whipped Cream

This light and refreshing dessert is the perfect way to show your mom how much you care. The strawberries are a symbol of love, and the thyme adds a touch of elegance.

Ingredients

• 1-pound fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon freshly minced thyme

• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

• 1 cup heavy cream, divided

• 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

• Thyme sprigs, for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat Ventray Oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In the Ventray grill, combine strawberries, sugar, thyme, and lemon juice. Set aside.

3. In Ventray SM600 stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter pieces and rub them into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

4. Pour in 1/2 cup of cream and mix with a fork until dough comes together. If the dough is too dry, add more cream 1 tablespoon at a time.

5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter or glass to cut out circles and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

6. Gather dough scraps together and reroll. Cut out additional biscuits and place them on the baking sheet.

7. Brush the tops of the biscuits with cream and sprinkle with sugar.

8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter and jam. Enjoy!

Make This Recipe With

Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins

These muffins are the perfect combination of sweet and moist. The coffee cake topping is an added bonus that will make your mom feel extra special.

Ingredients

• 1 box of yellow cake mix

• 1 cup sour cream

• 2 eggs

• ½ cup vegetable oil

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Coffee Cake Topping:

• 1 cup brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

1. Preheat Ventray Oven to 350 degrees F. 

2. In the Ventray SM600 stand mixer, combine cake mix, sour cream, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended.

3. In another bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. 

4. Fill muffin cups ¾ full with batter. Then, top with coffee cake topping. 

5. Bake for 18-22 minutes. 

6. Enjoy!