Danish Almond Croissant

Pastry puff & Danish pastry are both my top favourite bread & pastry. I remember the first time making them, what a mess! Butter splitting everywhere....I'm sure you know what I mean! haha.....Though that can't stop me from what I'm doing. In the opposite, I'm expecting even more and want to learn even more. That is the most joyous part of life....there's always something waiting ahead that you're looking forward to. The excitement !!!! ha.....

So, here comes the task.

Ingredients for dough:
500gm   bread flour
40gm  milk powder
2 tbsp  sugar
1 tbsp  yeast
1 egg yolk
270ml   milk
40gm  cold butter, chopped
1 tspn  salt

*300gm  pastry margarine ~ for folding
(I used 200gm pastry margarine + 100gm butter)

Method :
(1) combine bread flour, sugar, yeast, milk powder, egg & milk and stir to form a soft dough.
(2) add in butter & salt and knead till well mixed, set aside to rest for an hour or till double in size.
*tips : always remember to add in salt at the final step, otherwise it will kill most of the yeast and the bread won't rise as expected.
(3) punch & press to release air then knead till smooth.
(4) place dough to a slightly floured working table then roll flat slightly bigger than the chilled butter.
(5) place on the butter and sealed nicely with dough, next roll out flat to a rectangle shape around 11x15".
(6) fold into 3 then roll out flat again, like making a puff pastry.
(7) repeat the folding for another 2-3 more times, keep dough chilled for 30 mins when the butter is a bit too difficult to handle before further folding.
(8) once it's done, keep refrigerated for about 30-40 mins.
(9) now, flatten dough by rolling into a rectangle shape slightly bigger.
(10) divide dough by using pizza cutter into triangle shape then each up like a swiss roll.
(11) place them to baking tray and let to rest for 45-60 mins or till it puffs up nicely.
(12) brush on egg glazing & almond flakes/sesame seeds and then bake at preheated oven 185-190'C for about 25 mins or till nicely brown.

So, are you excited to see the finish goods stacking up one and another...just like the one at the shops???

Emmmm....nothing is more satisfying than enjoying the homemade classic bread & pastry. Hope you guys will have fun making it too!
I'm sending this to Wild Yeast @ Yeastspotting.
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