Episode 16 – Meeting the French – Croissants

“Authentic French Experiences”

The Chef: Chef Myriam (Meeting the French, Paris)
Chef Myriam is welcoming you in her beautiful apartment overlooking Montmartre & Paris.

List of the ingredients:
250 g of purpose flour (2 cups)
60 g of milk (0.25 cups)
60 g of mineral water (0.25 cups)
20 g of unsalted butter
105 g of unsalted butter
5 g of salt
30 g of white sugar (1/4 cup)
10 g of fresh active yeast

The recipe: French Croissant
Heat for 15 s in the microwaves the milk, add the yeast and stir with a fork. Leave 5 minutes, till the yeast is dissolved and the mixture get foamy. Melt 20 s in the microwaves 20 g of unsalted butter. In the bowl using the dough hook on speed 2, add the flour, the salt and sugar, knead well, add the 20 g of melted butter, the milk with the yeast and the water. Mix for 7 minutes always on a low speed. After 7 minutes, make a ball, wrap it in a plastic film and put in the fridge for 2 hours.

Prepare the butter. Place between 2 parchment paper the 105 g of butter. Roll out and make a small rectangle and put into the fridge with the dough for 2 hours. Laminate the dough : on a light flour surface, roll out the dough with a pastry roller, in a large rectangle. Place the rectangle of butter on the center and fold the dough as you would a letter to enclose the butter. With the palm of your hand, press the edges of the dough to seal. You will get a square, brush the excess flour.

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Cook at home and stay safe!

The first single fold : You should have the fold on your right, and always on a light flour surface roll out the dough, to obtain a long rectangle shape. Fold in 3. Wrap and keep in the fridge for 1 hour or 20 minutes in the freezer.
The second double fold : Turn the dough piece ¼ turn, the fold should be on your right. Roll out always keeping a long rectangle shape. Fold the dough in 4 to form a double fold. Wrap in a plastic film and keep in the fridge for 1 hour or 20 minutes in the freezer.
The third single fold : Same way as the 1st single fold. At this stage you have the choice to put 1 hour more in the fridge or overnight.

Shaping croissants : Take the dough from the fridge and over a light floured surface roll out the dough into a long and narrow strip of 60 cm x 18 cm and thick 4 mm. Using a knife or a pizza wheel cut in 9 triangles. By hand gently elongate each triangle to about 20 cm. On the wide side, in the center, make 1 cm notches. Start rolling from the wide side, continue rolling few times the croissants. Place them on an ungreased baking sheet, with about 8 cm between them. Cover with a plastic film. Let the croissants set for another hour

Meeting the French. Paris
Meeting the French takes you beyond the traditional tourist circuit to get to know the real French way of life. Whether your interests are in gastronomy, culture, lifestyle, or shopping, the visits are designed to let you experience Paris as a true Parisian.
Meeting the French has been working for over a decade to build relationships between locals and international visitors. You will experience true French hospitality.

What they do:
Gastronomical experiences
Market visits, foodie tours and cooking classes.
We highly recommend the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Pastry & Chocolate Tour.
The croissant making class is a great activity for kids.

Lifetsyle Tours
Learn to use the Parisian metro, bike in Paris, go jogging in Paris, and simply do as Parisians do!Teenagers will love the Skating the Streets of Paris. You like shopping? The Personalized Fashion Shopping Tour is for you!

Cultural Tours
Discover history and famous sites with a local guide with a twist!
If this is not your first time in Versailles, we think that the Murders & Mysteries at the Court of Versailles will entertain you.
If you are interested in your roots, The « Pletzl », The Jewish District Marais Private Tour is a unique and moving experience.



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