Happy Birthday, Mum :*
My mum always says she was probably French in another life, because while the rest of us are excited by waffles, pancakes, parfaits and sweets, she's in her own world when she has a good croissant, some jam, cheese and a mug of perfect coffee.
I've almost always made something for my parents' birthdays, but there's only so many things I can sew, construct or sketch for her. That's why this year I decided to cook something instead: I'm still making something, but she can actually enjoy it and it doesn't need bedside table drawer space to store it for the next several decades.
I knew this would be ambitious, and I was wary of how they would turn out, but I definitely wanted to try them.
I started these 3 days in advance and baked them the night before her birthday because they have to proof for a couple of hours before baking and I didn't think that would work out before school.
They were nowhere near perfect: 1. during the multiple dough-rollings the dough started to tear and the butter began oozing out 2. the shapes weren't absolutely right 3. they didn't proof properly- the layers were supposed to separate more 4. they were denser than they should have been.
But they tasted admittedly yummy (perhaps the 10 inch square of butter in the middle had something to do with that...) and I enjoyed mine thoroughly, as did my mum and dad :)
I also had a blast making them-- hammering butter, folding dough and rolling the croissants... even if it was kinda (read: totally) messy.
This recipe had amazing instructions and pictures to help out. Just make sure you read it all in advance so you can plan out your days. Some readers said that they skipped out one of the overnight sittings, but I did them both. You can alter the recipe or not based on your confidence and experience.
Click here for the recipe