13 February 2005

Formula/recipe: Croissant with a starter

[this is a small production formula (40qt mixer) - reduce for home use]

[Bakers %]: Starter
[100] 5# 8 oz. Organic bread flour
[60 ] 4# 5 oz. Ice water
[.25 ] -- ½ oz. Compressed yeast

Dissolve the yeast in water. Add flour and mix until incorporated. Desired dough temp. is 62° F. [DO NOT Develop the gluten)

Ferment overnight in the retarder.

Final Dough:

[100] 5# 8 oz. Organic bread flour
[47] 3#5½ oz. Water
[19] 1# 7 oz. Sugar
[4] --- 5 oz. Malt
[4] --- 5 oz. Milk powder

[4] --- 8 oz. Compressed yeast
[4] --- 5 oz. Salt
[126] ALL of The Starter
---- 1/8 tablet ascorbic acid(Par-C)
[7] --- 9 oz. Butter(soft)
Combine water & ascorbic acid in 40 qt bowl
  • Dissolve yeast in liquid
  • Stir dry ingredients by hand
  • Add butter when dough starts to develop
  • Short mix
  • Fermentation: 1 hr, 30 minutes in the retarder
  • Scale dough into 3 pieces at 7# 12 oz.

Roll-in Technique:

  • Roll-in butter(i.e Cremerie Classique or a European style butter with high fat content)
  • For Each piece : 2 # 4oz. (Total = 6#, 12 oz. plus 6 oz. Extra for the bowl & paddle)
  • Soften the roll-in butter in mixer.

To roll-in butter; Make a rectangle with your dough(make sure to even out edges)Run the side of your hand down the middle of the dough, to make a slight divide; now make a rectangle with the butter [2#4oz.] about 2-3 inches thick, and as wide as half of your dough rectangle [on bench]. Flatten the butter with your hands. Pick up the butter & put onto your dough. Make sure the butter fills out most of the area to the edges. Fold the 3 sides' dough edges up & over the butter. Fold the remaining dough half, over - to cover the butter filled side.

Feel around the edges. You should be able to feel the butter - all the way to the edge. If you can't, place the heel of your hand in the center of the dough, place your other hand on top[heel to thumb] Almost like you are giving CPR compressions. Firmly apply pressure toward the edges --You want to move the butter outward to the further most edges.

Desired dough temp: 62°F



  • Roll dough 3X3
  • Flour sheeter & dough [w/ out enouph flour sheeter will ruin & tear dough]
  • Use rolling pin to roll dough to a thinner width[to fit through sheeter]
  • [this is 1x] Sheet to 7-8 mm When you reach 8mm stop & sweep dough clean of flour. Fold left side toward center, stop at 2/3, fold right side over that.
  • Flour again
  • [this is 2x] Turn fold opening [always] toward you on sheeter. Continue until you reach 7-8 mm.
  • Sweep flour.Fold from left to right.
  • [3x] flour again.Turn fold opening toward you. Sheet to 8mm.Sweep flour. When done fold left to center, right should meet left in center. Then take both sides and close as you would a book.
  • Put on sheet pan, covered, freeze or retard for future use.



2:18 PM, January 24, 2010 Reply  

I have tried this with a little bit less sugar. Didn't like the fact that it tasted so sweet. Very simple guide to follow. Thanks!

11:59 PM, March 28, 2010 Reply  

I will make this recipe for my family when i'm off work. I might try also having it fillep with sausage or ham and cheese. Thanks for this post

9:11 AM, December 09, 2010 Reply  

We replace the sugar by maple sugar and it tasted like heaven!

2:15 PM, August 11, 2011 Reply  

A great recipe and really easy to do. I do love croissants, best dippe in strawberry jam.

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