This month’s Sourdough Surprises is croissant!
I’ve been planning to do croissant again for a while, however something else has taken my fancy when it comes to layered bread pastries. Great British Bakeoff recently did these kouign amann as a skills test. They start a bit like croissant, but get sugar rolled into the final fold, and get cooked in a muffin tin. As soon as I saw these I decided:
- I need to try making these
- They need to have Nutella in the middle!
Their recipe uses instant yeast, so converting for my sourdough I get this for the dough:
- 200g refreshed starter (100% hydration)
- 100g plain flour (10% protein)
- 100g strong white flour (14.8% protein)
- 1 tsp salt
- 100g warm water
- 25g unsalted butter, melted
For the layering:
- 250g cold unsalted butter, in a block
- 100g golden caster sugar
For the topping:
- Golden caster sugar
I’m refreshing the sourdough on Friday morning, then in the evening I’ll make the dough as above, and let it rise slowly in the fridge overnight.
On Saturday I’m doing the laminating. The butter gets bashed out to about 14cm square.
The dough is rolled out to about 20cm square, then the butter goes on the dough at 45 degrees and the flaps folded over.
Then it gets a letter fold before going in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then it’s rolled out to a 40x30cm rectangle, sprinkled with more sugar, and cut into 12 squares.
Each square goes into a greased muffin tin hole.
Each square has a dollop of Nutella put in the middle.
Then the four corners are folded into the middle and pinched together, and even more sugar gets sprinkled on top.
Then it’s back into the fridge to proof overnight.
Finally on Sunday morning they get baked. They come out of the fridge while the oven heats to 200C fan, then they get baked for 30-40 minutes. The recipe says to cover half way through if they’re browning too fast, which with all that sugar I think is inevitable!
So my plan is to bake at 200C fan for 15 minutes, turn and cover with foil, then bale for another 15 minutes, then see how they’re looking.
They were looking great, and like they could take another five minutes without the foil on, so that’s what they got.
I quickly removed from the tin, before the caramelised sugar welded them to the tin. I started by using a knife to free the first one, but it soon became clear that they just lifted out with a spoon.
It was hard waiting the few minutes for them to cool down enough to eat.
I’m so happy with these! The pastry is as flakey as it looks, it tastes lovely and buttery and sweet, and the gooey Nutella centre tops it off perfectly!
Check out the other Sourdough Surprises croissants!