Savory Delight: Ham and Cheese Croissants Recipe
Few things in life are as comforting as the aroma of freshly baked croissants wafting through the kitchen. These flaky, buttery pastries have a way of brightening up any morning or afternoon tea. While the classic croissant is a beloved staple, there’s a delightful twist that takes this French pastry to a whole new level of deliciousness – Ham and Cheese Croissants.
Ham and cheese croissants are the epitome of savory indulgence. Picture this: layers of tender, buttery croissant dough enveloping slices of savory ham and oozy, melted cheese. The contrast between the crispy, golden exterior and the soft, flavorful interior is nothing short of culinary perfection. Whether you’re planning a cozy brunch, a picnic, or simply want to treat yourself to something special, this recipe will quickly become a favorite in your repertoire.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of making ham and cheese croissants that are sure to impress your family and friends. So, preheat your oven, don your apron, and get ready to embark on a delightful culinary adventure.
For the Croissant Dough:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk (about 110°F or 45°C)
1/2 cup warm water (about 110°F or 45°C)
1 cup unsalted butter, cold
1 egg, for egg wash
8 slices ham
1 1/2 cups grated Swiss cheese (or your preferred cheese)
Dijon mustard (optional, for serving)
1. Activate the Yeast:
In a small bowl, combine warm water and warm milk. Sprinkle the yeast over the liquid and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
2. Prepare the Dough:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
Add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Form it into a square, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Prepare the Butter Layer:
While the dough is chilling, take the cold butter and place it between two sheets of parchment paper.
Use a rolling pin to flatten the butter into a square that’s roughly the same size as the dough.
Refrigerate the butter layer while the dough chills.
4. Create Layers:
Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface into a larger square or rectangle.
Place the chilled butter layer in the center of the dough and fold the sides of the dough over the butter to encase it completely.
Roll out this combined dough and butter layer into a rectangle again.
Fold the rectangle into thirds like a letter, creating layers. This is one “fold.”
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
5. Repeat Folds:
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out into a rectangle.
Perform two more folds, rolling and folding each time. This makes a total of three folds.
Refrigerate the dough for another 30 minutes.
6. Assemble Croissants:
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out the dough into a large rectangle.
Cut the dough into triangles.
Place a slice of ham and a generous sprinkle of grated cheese on each triangle.
Roll up the triangles starting from the wide end.
Beat the egg and brush it over the tops of the croissants. This gives them a beautiful golden color when baked.
Place the croissants on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and puffed up.
Let the Ham and Cheese Croissants cool for a few minutes.
Optionally, serve with Dijon mustard for a delightful tangy kick.
Pro Tips for success :
- Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality puff pastry, ham, and Swiss cheese for the best flavor and texture.
- Customize: Feel free to get creative with your fillings. Add some spinach or mushrooms for a veggie twist or substitute different types of cheese for a unique flavor.
- Fold Carefully: When folding the pastry over the fillings, be gentle to avoid tearing the dough.
- Serve Warm: These croissants are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when they are warm and flaky.
Serving Size: 1 croissant
Total Fat: 24g
Saturated Fat: 10g
Total Carbohydrates: 22g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Ham and cheese croissants are a simple yet indulgent breakfast option that’s sure to please your taste buds. With a crispy, flaky exterior and a warm, cheesy interior, they are a comfort food classic. By following our easy recipe and pro tips, you can create these delicious croissants in no time. Serve them at your next brunch or enjoy them as a special treat any day of the week. With their irresistible flavor and golden appearance, ham and cheese croissants are bound to become a favorite in your household.
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