March 23, 2014

Almond Croissants

Our very last croissant recipe, and it's a great one! Almond croissants take regular, usually day-old croissants, and re-purpose them with almonds, almond cream, and almond syrup. Not a bad fate for the humble croissant! The rich buttery dough marries quite well with the nutty and warm almonds. It's the perfect way to use up leftover croissants at a bakery, although at home that might not be a problem.


I actually made these last week, with the leftover half of dough from the pain aux raisins. It worked out perfectly! I made six traditional croissants, with a few scraps left over. The next day, I finished up the almond croissants. The almond syrup was easy to make. I had leftover pastry cream so I used that instead of making a new batch of almond cream. 

Cutting through the croissants, I felt as if I should make a ham and swiss sandwich with them! Perhaps another time. Instead, I brushed both sides with almond syrup, then spread on pastry cream, closed them, spread more pastry cream on top, and dunked the tops in slivered almonds. I wasn't quite sure how much I should try to pile on top, so I just did the best I could. 

After a quick bake, they were ready to enjoy. Yum! Especially if you love almonds, these are super tasty. I can see why they're so popular. Although I wouldn't make plain croissants just to have almond croissants a day later, because it's so much work, and I prefer them plain. But I would make a double batch of croissants to use half of it for almond croissants.

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