for my wife’s birthday she wanted to bake something really simple and something really complicated.
the simple one was on the day of her birthday and it was nutella cupcakes, and it is embarrassingly simple, and highly addictive, be careful.
you take a whole jar of nutella, 350 grams. add 90 grams of self raising flour and an egg… and that’s it. yup, that’s it.
bake at 180 degrees c (350F) for 12 minutes, and they are still a little moist on the inside, and that’s where the embarrassing and addictive part come in. share share share with whoever you can, otherwise you’ll find yourself quickly realizing you just went through a whole jar of nutella in one sitting.
for the complicated part we had to wait for the weekend, and it was a stormy one, so it made it perfect to stay indoors and kneed our dough… fold it, butter it, fold it again, let it cool, and fold it and butter it some more to end up with freshly baked croissants about 24 hours after our arrival to my parents house.
we took the recipe from reviva and celia, but we couldn’t manage to fold all of the 600 grams of butter they suggested. and it still turned out amazing.
it takes a while to make, has a few simple steps that are physically challenging, like flattening the cold dough to 1cm, and you have to do it gently not to rip the thin layers of dough.
to make the dough, you’ll need
40 g dry yeast
200 ml water
150 g flour
200 g flour
750 g bread flour
25 g salt
80 g sugar
100 gram softened butter
and then 400 more grams of butter for folding the dough.
mix yeast, water and 150 grams of flour until smooth, then add the 200 grams of flour and mix well.
mix the dry ingredients, bread flour, salt and sugar, and add to the dough mixture with the butter and the milk.
wrap and let rest in room temperature for an hour, and then in the fridge for an hour.
and then we fold!
soften the butter and get to work.
flatten the dough to 1cm and shape it as a rectangle. spread the butter on 2/3 of the rectangle and fold to 3. the dry side first.
seal well, so the butter won’t slip out and repeat.
then let cool for a couple hours in the fridge.
take out and do this folding part once again.
let cool overnight.
flatten to the dough and cut into triangles with a slit in the base.
roll, and let raise on the sheet for a couple hours.
they’re good savory or sweet. we had them with jam, with chocolate, and also with ham and poached eggs. it works. sorry vegans.
and happy birthday to yael!
we also made bread and little nut cookies to kill time because there was so much waiting… it’s good to have a plan of what to do while you wait =)