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Ingredient of the Week, August 5: Croissants

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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A croissant is a buttery flaky Viennoiserie bread roll named for its distinctive crescent shape. Croissants and other Viennoiserie are made of a layered yeast-leavened dough. The dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a sheet, a technique called laminating. The process results in a layered, flaky texture, similar to a puff pastry.

Crescent-shaped food breads have been made since the Middle Ages, and crescent-shaped cakes (imitating the often-worshiped Moon) possibly since classical times,The croissant in its current form was invented in Vienna after the victory of the Holy League against the Turks in 1683.

                       

Croissants have long been a staple of French bakeries and pâtisseries. In the late 1970s, the development of factory-made, frozen, pre-formed but unbaked dough made them into a fast food which can be freshly baked by unskilled labor. Indeed, the croissanterie was explicitly a French response to American-style fast food, and today 30–40% of the croissants sold in French bakeries and patisseries are frozen.

This innovation, along with the croissant's versatility and distinctive shape, has made it the most commonplace item of French food in much of the world. Today, the croissant remains popular in a continental breakfast.

                  

Do you like croissants fresh from the bakery with coffee for breakfast or used for sandwiches?

 

 

by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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periwinkle163
by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM

 I love them. When I was a teenager I spent 3 weeks in France with the French Club and we had them every morning, buttery and warm, with a little bit of jam and hot chocolate.

gmadiane
by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I dont have them often but i do like them

SweetLuci
by Luci on Aug. 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

 I studied there as well, and DH and I went there on our honeymoon. I loved the croissants and the crepes. One thing that was really different to me was that you never saw the French pople walking with food in their hands or a drink, not like here.

Quoting periwinkle163:

 I love them. When I was a teenager I spent 3 weeks in France with the French Club and we had them every morning, buttery and warm, with a little bit of jam and hot chocolate.

 

goddess99
by Michelle on Aug. 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Yummy. Love making sandwiches out of them.

periwinkle163
by on Aug. 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM

 

Quoting SweetLuci:

 I studied there as well, and DH and I went there on our honeymoon. I loved the croissants and the crepes. One thing that was really different to me was that you never saw the French pople walking with food in their hands or a drink, not like here.

Quoting periwinkle163:

 I love them. When I was a teenager I spent 3 weeks in France with the French Club and we had them every morning, buttery and warm, with a little bit of jam and hot chocolate.

 

 That was different, food is meant to be savored there not rushed through, also not having ice in drinks was weird to me.

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SweetLuci
by Luci on Aug. 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

 I had forgotten about that, but now that you've reminded me, it was wierd, Also the price of everything-amazing.

Quoting periwinkle163:

 

Quoting SweetLuci:

 I studied there as well, and DH and I went there on our honeymoon. I loved the croissants and the crepes. One thing that was really different to me was that you never saw the French pople walking with food in their hands or a drink, not like here.

Quoting periwinkle163:

 I love them. When I was a teenager I spent 3 weeks in France with the French Club and we had them every morning, buttery and warm, with a little bit of jam and hot chocolate.

 

 That was different, food is meant to be savored there not rushed through, also not having ice in drinks was weird to me.

 

mylilprincesses
by Paula on Aug. 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM

 i really like using them best with pigs in a blanket.. thats really my most use for them. :)

elijahsmama09
by on Aug. 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM
I love them. They are so good. Must be all that butter! LOL> I love almost anything french.
KamsOne
by Jen on Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:08 PM

 I like croissants for breakfast but don't have them very often.  I like them with raspberry preserves and butter.  Yummy.

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Aug. 8, 2012 at 2:32 AM

I like them....I've only had them out as breakfast sandwich....They are good.  I really like them better than a breakfast biscuit sometimes.

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