Croissants, with their golden brown, crisp exterior and creamy, buttery interior, are always a welcome treat. To make them, you create a yeasted dough, into which you secure a sheet of butter. The flaky layers in the end product are the result of folding the dough many times, a process called lamination. From mixing and proofing, to laminating and resting and shaping, croissants are certainly not a quickie project, but with practice, the results can be amazing.
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For all of you ambitious bakers out there who have been wondering just how the buttery layers of a croissant come to be, this recipe is for you. Harvard grad Joanne Chang has written a comprehensive recipe that will hold your hand from dough rolling to shaping to proudly pulling lovely, flaky croissants out of the oven.
There may not be such a thing as croissants that are truly easy to make, but I guarantee these are easier than any of the more traditional recipes. This dough recipe is a cross between pie dough, sweet flaky pastry dough, and traditional croissant dough, and easy enough to make just about any time you want it.
It's Super Bowl Sunday, so I tried to come up with a Sunday Brunch recipe that would hold you until the big game starts just after 6 p.m. ET. Ina Garten's croissant bread pudding, adapted from her very first cookbook,...