3.19.2016

learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship

Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen

Hello, friend. 

Two things to share:

Number 1. I learned to make croissants! Yay! Go me :)

& Number 2. I just started my first internship!

A few weeks ago, I accepted a spring internship as one of the product photographers for Rosalynne Love, a growing graphic design & apparel company based out of the New Orleans-area. I found out about the position through a Facebook post by her sister Alisa (who is a local photographer/friend!) I thought it would be a unique and exciting opportunity, so I sent in an application and hoped for the best. A few days later I got an email from Ros saying she wanted to have a Skype interview. Just minutes after starting the interview, I knew I was going to love working for her. Ros has such a drive and creative spirit about her that I saw within myself. Her talent mixed with her enthusiasm had me sold, so when I was offered the position, I immediately said yes!

From now until May, I’ll be photographing some flatlays and overhead photography featuring the products of Rosalynne Love. Her designs are seriously amazing. I love everything about her style! Make sure to follow her Instagram, like, and fall in love with her work as much as I have.  





Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor KitchenLearning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor KitchenLearning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor KitchenLearning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen
Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen

It’s been spring break all this week! I couldn’t be happier. I was in definite need of a break to relax and catch up on some blogging. Knowing I had to do some shots for Ros, I decided to pull up my big-boy baking pants and make croissants from scratch. The thing about real, flaky, buttery croissants is that you have to be willing to put in the time. I started Monday night around 8pm and didn’t get done until midnight, and that was just the first part!! From forming the dough, layering the butter, folding the dough, rolling it out, letting it rest in the fridge, and repeating the process three more times can make for a tired baker. Though I preserved and kept at it. Though once these little bundles of buttery joy came out of the oven perfectly browned and steaming, I may have out a tear of joy. I had struck bakery gold.

The croissants were flaky and crispy on the outside yet warm and soft on the inside. Pull it apart, and a wave of steam comes billowing up revealing layers upon layers of gorgeous buttery goodness. I decided to develop my own butter recipe to be spread on top, so I add some cold brew coffee. The coffee with the sweetened butter created a match made in decadent heaven. Spread over each bite of the croissants elevated the experience even more. For the first time in quite a while, I had a literal foodgasm. The literal definition of “food porn” was happening in my mouth. So good. This isn’t your “under 30 minutes” kind of recipe. Croissants take time and patience. Be strong and enjoy the process! 

Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen


Classic Croissants with Cold Brew Coffee Butter
Croissant recipe from Adventures in Cooking


Ingredients
Croissants

4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 ¼ cup unsalted Butter, cold (very!)
½ cup + 2 tablespoons Cold Water
½ cup + 2 tablespoons Cold Whole Milk
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted Butter, softened
1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon Instant Yeast
2 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon water

            Cold Brew Coffee Butter
½ cup butter, softened
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons cold brew coffee
1 tablespoon maple syrup

            Additional tools
Tape measurer

Directions

Croissants - DAY ONE

Mix together the flour, water, milk, sugar, yeast, salt, and softened butter in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment on low speed for two to three minutes. Raise the speed to medium and mix for another two to three minutes until the dough begins to come together into one mass and is no longer sticking to the side of the bowl. Place the dough on a lightly floured plate, wrap well with plastic wrap, and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

While the dough is resting, lay a piece of parchment paper down. Cut the chilled butter into ½ inch thick sliced and arrange them in a 5 to 6 inch square on the paper. Place another sheet over the butter and being pounding the butter with a rolling pin with gentle strokes at first, then pounding harder as the butter pieces start to stick together and form into one mass. Pound until the butter reaches 7 ½ inches wide and long.

Peel back the top layer of parchment paper and trim the edges of the butter square so they are straight. Place the trimmings in the center of the square, place the parchment paper over the butter, and begin rolling and pounding the trimmings gently into the center of the square until flat. Place the butter sheet on a flat surface inside the refrigerator.

 Once the dough has rested, take it out of the fridge and place it on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a 10 ½ inch square, brush off the excess flour. Take the butter square out of the fridge, remove the parchment paper, and place the butter in the center of the dough square so that the butter’s corners are centered along the widths of the dough square. Gently pull each corner of the dough up and wrap it over the butter and repeat with all the corners. Press the edges together to create a seal that keeps the butter inside of the dough. Congrats! You have just swaddled your butter.

Light flour the top and bottom of the dough and begin rolling it out in order to elongate it, remembering to keep the dough straight as you roll. Roll the dough out until it reaches the dimensions of 8 x 24 inches, then pick up one end of the dough and fold it over the dough leaving 1/3 of the dough still exposed. Fold the exposed dough and fold it over the previously folded flap. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 20 minutes in order for the dough to relax.
Repeat the rolling, folding, and relaxing process again, but this time rolling in the direction of the two open ends. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 20 minutes in order for the dough to relax. Repeat this process a third time, then cover in plastic wrap and place folded dough in the refrigerator to relax for 6 hours or overnight. Note* overnight is most recommended.

DAY 2

Take the dough out of the refrigerator and lightly flour it on both sides. Place it on a lightly floured work surface and begin rolling the dough out by pressing down firmly to help invigorate and lengthen it. Roll dough out until it reaches 8 x 44 inches. Yes, this sounds loco crazy, but trust me, it’s possible! 

Once the dough is about 8 x 44 inches, trim off the edges so they are completely straight. 
Make sure the dough is roughly 40 inches in length. If not, roll until this length is reached.
Lay a tape measure along the top length edge of the dough and make a small knick on the top of the dough every 5 inches, you should have 7 marks when you’re done. Lucky number 7! Move the tape measure to the bottom length edge of the dough and make a small knick on the bottom edge of the dough at 2 ½ inches from the end corner of the dough. Make knicks at 5-inch intervals from this point along the bottom edge of the dough.

Place a measuring tape or ruler at the top corner of the dough that crosses down to the first cut on the bottom edge of the dough. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut along this line. Repeat this process with the next set of marks until you reach the other end of the dough. Now flip the angle of the tape measure/ruler to connect the other top corner with the nearest bottom knick and start cutting along this line to create a triangle. Repeat with the rest of the knicks until the dough has been cut into 15 triangles and you have a small extra piece of dough at each end. You should have 13 triangular pieces of dough.

Begin to roll the dough towards the pointy end, flaring your fingers out as you roll the dough to help widen the croissant. Press firmly enough that the layers stick together, but not so hard that they start to smear into each other. You want beautiful, individual layers, not one congealed mass of sadness.
Stop rolling when the pointy end is directly underneath the croissant and bring the ends in towards the center and press the ends together. Place the croissants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and repeat until all of the croissants have been assembled. I had 2 baking sheets and placed 6 croissants on one and 7 on the other. The croissants will rise and puff out, so give them room to grow!

In a small bowl, whisk the egg and water just until combined. Brush the egg wash over each of the croissants (save egg wash for later), cover with plastic wrap (and an optional tea towel), and place the pans in a non-windy location where the temperature is between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and allow them to sit for 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Once the croissants have proofed, lightly brush them with the egg wash again. Place one sheet in the oven and make for 6-9 minutes, turning the pan halfway through and baking for an additional 6-9 minutes, or until the tops are a deep golden brown and the bottoms are bubbly. Note* keep a watchful eye on these croissants as they bake. They brown up quickly and just a handful of missed seconds can leave you with burned croissants. When done, remove the pans from the oven and allow the croissants to cool on the pans.


For the Cold Brew Coffee Butter. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the soften butter until light and fluffy. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix at a low speed at first, then increasing speed until well incorporated. Mix in the cold brew coffee and maple syrup until well combined. Serve immediately or cover and store in the fridge. 


{click here for the printable recipe}

Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen Learning to make Croissants with cold brew coffee butter + my first internship // TermiNatetor Kitchen