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Homemade Fresh Butter Croissants

Transport yourself to a Parisian bakery with the aroma of freshly baked butter croissants wafting through your kitchen. This indulgent pastry, with its layers of buttery goodness and flaky exterior, is a labor of love that promises a taste of true culinary mastery.
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Crafting fresh butter croissants at home is a rewarding experience that yields a golden, crescent-shaped delight. The combination of rich butter, delicate layers, and a satisfying crunch make these croissants a breakfast or brunch showstopper that will leave your taste buds dancing.


4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cold unsalted butter, sliced into thin sheets
1 egg (for egg wash)
Additional butter for laminating
12 Servings

Prep Time:

1 Hrs Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 45 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a bowl, combine warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and knead until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.


Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface into a rectangle. Place slices of cold butter on two-thirds of the dough. Fold the uncovered third over the butter, then fold the remaining third over the center. This creates layers. Chill for 30 minutes. Repeat the folding process 3-4 times, chilling between each fold.


Roll out the laminated dough into a large rectangle. Cut into triangles. Roll each triangle tightly, starting from the wider end. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


Allow the shaped croissants to proof at room temperature until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush the croissants with beaten egg for a golden finish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until deeply golden brown.


Allow the croissants to cool slightly before serving.

Tips for this recipe

For an extra layer of decadence, enjoy your freshly baked croissants with a dollop of your favorite fruit jam or a sprinkle of powdered sugar. These croissants are best enjoyed warm and fresh from the oven, so savor every flaky bite.

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