Layered French Croissants

Make buttery layer french croissants at home just like your favorite bakery . Wow you’re  friends and family with with delicious croissant recipe. Making your own croissants is not difficult as it may seem. A good croissant dough, does takes time and effort. So, if you are feeling  ambitious, try this classic french croissant recipe, with no special equipment needed.

 

 Layered French Croissants 

Prep Time: 2 hrs. 20 mins

Bake: 25 mins

Total Time: 1 day 6 hrs. 45 mins

 

Ingredients

 

1/3 cup warm water, (110 degrees to 115 degrees)

1 package dry-active yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon table salt

1 1/3 cups warm milk, (110 degrees to 115 degrees)

1 pound (about 3 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 1/2 sticks (14 ounces) chilled unsalted butter

1 large egg yolk

2 tablespoons heavy cream

 

Directions

1.Make the dough: In a liquid measuring cup, combine water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to combine. Let stand 5 minutes to allow yeast to proof. In a second measuring cup, dissolve the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar, and the salt in the milk.

2.In a large bowl, whisk the flour. Add the yeast mixture, milk mixture, and oil. Blend everything together by cutting and pressing with a rubber spatula, being sure all the flour is incorporated. The dough will be very wet.

3.Turn dough out onto a well floured work surface. Let stand for 3 minutes to allow the dough to absorb some of the liquid. Start kneading by lifting near edges, with a bench scraper, and flipping it over onto the other side. Rapidly repeat the movement from one side to the other, and end over end, until the dough feels smooth and begins to draw back into shape when pushed out, 8 to 10 times. Do not over-knead.

4.Transfer dough to a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down the dough, and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using lightly floured hands, pat and push the dough out into a rectangle about 12-by-10-inches. Fold the dough in three, like a business letter. Place on a lightly floured baking sheet or plate; cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. This second rise can be done in the refrigerator, overnight.

5.Punch down dough. Cover the dough again with plastic wrap, and transfer to refrigerator for 20 minutes; this will allow the gluten to relax, and make rolling out the dough easier.

6.Roll in the butter: Place butter on a lightly floured work surface and beat with a rolling pin to soften. Then smear it out with the heel of your hand until it is of spreading consistency, but still cold; it must not become soft and oily, refrigerate if necessary.

7.Place dough on a lightly floured work surface, roll it out to a 18-by-10-inch rectangle. Spread butter as evenly as possible over the upper two-thirds of the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Fold the bottom (unbuttered) third of the dough up to the middle. Fold the top third down to cover it.

8.Lightly flour the top of the dough, and work surface. Turn the dough so the edge of the top flap is to your right. Roll the dough into a rectangle, about 18-by-8-inches. Roll rapidly, starting an inch from the near end, and going to within an inch of the far end. Fold again in three, as above. Wrap in plastic wrap, and transfer to refrigerator for 1 hour.

9.Remove dough from refrigerator. Sprinkle lightly with flour, and deflate the dough by tapping lightly with rolling pin. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rest 8 minutes to relax gluten, if necessary. Repeat rolling and folding process twice more, as above. If the butter has hardened and congealed into flakes, beat the dough with light firm taps going from one side to the other until butter has softened. It must be able to extend the length and width of the rectangle inside the dough as you roll it out until it has softened. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. If refrigerating overnight, cover with a board and a 5- pound weight. Resting overnight will facilitate shaping.

10.Shape the croissants: When shaping the croissant, keep the dough that you are not working with refrigerated. Place chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface. Deflate dough. Roll the dough out to a 25-by-12-inch rectangle. (If at any time the dough becomes too elastic to work with, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and let rest 10 minutes, to relax gluten.) Cut in half lengthwise. Working with one piece of dough at a time, using a pastry wheel or a croissant cutter, cut into triangles with a 5-inch base.

11.Roll the triangles out to enlarge slightly. Roll towards the tip, creating tension by using your other hand to stretch the top of the triangle away from you. The dough should overlap 3 times with the tip sticking out from underneath.

12.Place on a parchment lined baking sheet leaving 2 inches between croissants. Curve the ends of the croissant inward, forming a crescent shape. Repeat with second piece of dough. Cover lightly with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warm place until very spongy and doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

13.Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and heavy cream, and lightly brush over tops of croissants. Open the oven door, spritz the oven heavily with water from a spray bottle, and quickly close the door. Place croissants in oven, and spray bottom of oven with water once more. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, rotate pan to ensure even baking. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. and continue to bake until cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I found this delicious gluten free recipe a couple of weeks ago and I had to try it.  When you look at all the ingredients, you would think that it’s a difficult recipe but, its’ not. It’s fairly easy, with only 2 steps to it.  Combine the first nine ingredients and in another bowl combine the wet ingredients. Then add the wet mixture  into the dry mixture and beat until combined & that’s it .

Jumbo gluten free chocolate muffins

Jumbo gluten free chocolate muffins

 

Bake : 15-21 mins /for smaller muffins 12-16 mins

Prep : 25 mins

Makes about: 6 Jumbo muffins or 12 regular muffins

 

Ingredients 

1/2 cup of baking cocoa

1/4 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown rice flour

1/2 cup of soy flour

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of tapioca flour

1/4 cup of  buckwheat flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2/3 cup of buttermilk

1/3 cup of fat free milk

2 tablespoons of melted butter

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/2 cup &  2 tablespoons of chocolate chips { divided }

 Directions 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  2. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray; 3 tablespoon scoop {Regular muffins-fill three-fourths full with batter}. Sprinkle with remaining chips. Bake at 350° for 15-21  minutes {12-16 mins} or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

Adapted from Taste of home

White cheddar cheese drop biscuits with spinach

White cheddar cheese drop biscuit with spinach White cheddar cheese drop biscuit with spinach I have to say  this is one of my favorite biscuit recipes to make. It’s ready in 20 mins. But, I warn you, the smell from the oven will leave  you drooling, waiting for it to come out. This is a drop method recipe. Adapted from  Bisquick Heart Smart mix. It’s so easy to make . Defrost chopped spinach, then drain and set aside until biscuit batter is ready. Drop on lightly oil cookie sheet, bake for 8-10 mins. Brush melted butter and garlic over slightly hot biscuits and serve warm. Place 2 inch's  apart Place 2 inch’s apart You can see the chopped spinach in the drop batter. YUMMY ! You can see the chopped spinach in the drop batter. YUMM       Prep time: 10 mins Overall time:20 mins Bake time: 8-10 mins severing 12   Ingredients 2 cups Bisquick Heart Smart® mix 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp white  Cheddar cheese 1- 1/2 of chopped spinach Frozen { drained } 3/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk 2-3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder   Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together Bisquick mix and cheese; make well in center of mixture. Drop in chopped defrosted and drain spinach.
  3. Add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Onto cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.  Brush  garlic and melted  butter , over warm biscuits; serve immediately.

Homemade chocolate chip bagels

Homemade Chocolate chip bagels
Do you love those chocolate chip bagels from Dunkin donuts or Panera ? Yea, me too. It can be pretty pricey if you have them on a daily or semi daily base. So why not make them at home ? Start off with a basic bagel recipe, and mini chocolate chips. Along with regular bread ingredients and you will have your own version of chocolate chip bagels.

Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups of water
2 {1/4 ounce} packages of yeast
1 1/2 ounce of sugar
1/2 ounce salt
1/2  cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
2 quarts of water
1 egg
Directions 

1.Preheat oven at 350.  Mix yeast, sugar and warm water together and let stand for 3 mins. Mix 1-3/4 cups of flour with salt in a large bowl and add the yeast mixture.

2.Stir until combined and slowly mix in the rest of the flour and mini chocolate chips. Knead dough on a floured hard surface for 5 mins, adding additional flour if more is needed. Dough should be firm.

3.Place dough in a greased bowl and cover and let rise until double.

4.After dough has risen, punch down dough and divide dough into 12 balls. Allow dough to rest for 4 mins.

5.Then bring 2 quarts of water to boil , then with thumb , make a hole in each ball of dough and pull open about 2 inches, making a bagel shape.

6.Place the shaped dough onto a cookie sheet and cover for 10 mins.

7.On lower heat under water for it to be simmering. Drop 2 or 3 at a time into water for about 45 -50 seconds turning once each bagel. Drain and place on greased baking sheet.

8.Brush Tops with beaten egg white. And bake for 35 mins. Turning once for even browning.

9.Bagels done when they are golden brown and shiny.

Skinny Jumbo Carrot muffins

 

 

 
Hello every I hope you had a great weekend. On the menu for today is my jumbo carrot muffins .Only 
200 calories . Yes, 200 calories ! Very easy to make and very easy on the waist. with a drizzle of icing on top.





Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes
Prep: 25 min.
Bake: 25 min
Jumbo muffin pans
 200 calories,  

Ingredients

 

Carrot muffins


1 teaspoon baking powder
1- 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
 

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce 

2 eggs separated
 1 cup of shredded carrots
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 

Icing 

2 cups of powdered sugar
1-3 tablespoons of half and half
1 dash of salt
1 teaspoon of orange extract 
 

Directions

1.Preheat oven 350. In a large bowl, combine the first

 
seven ingredients  In another bowl, beat egg yolks
 
 until light and lemon- colored. Beat in honey.
 
 
2. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in carrots and applesauce. In a small bowl, 
 
beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form;
 
 fold into batter a third  time.

3.Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds 
 
full. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a 
 
toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes 
 
before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  
 
4.Mix together sugar and cream, add extract and salt.
 
Whisk together and until smooth. Then drizzle of over jumbo
 
 muffin.

Skinny Blueberry Banana Muffins



Another skinny treat to keep your waist-lined in shape.
Whole wheat oat flour, low-fat buttermilk with fat-free sour cream. I love sour cream it always add a extra flavor to anything.  It makes muffins moist without the fat.

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 15-20 mins
Makes about 6 muffins

 

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, unsweetened



  1. 1.Heat oven to 375º. Coat a standard muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk egg, sour cream and buttermilk in a bowl. Mix oat bran, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a second bowl. 
    2.Combine banana and sugar in a third bowl. Stir in buttermilk mixture. Sprinkle in flour mixture and stir gently.
    3. Fold in blueberries and zest, if desired. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.