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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Is It Possible?

Oh the years I have searched.

I have tried recipe after recipe, tip after tip. I heard rumors about an ancient cookbook by Paula Peck called The Art of Fine Baking. A quick trip to a used online bookstore and I had both Peck's book and one by famed French Patissier LeNôtre. Cost me six bucks, including S&H, for both--wooot!



The Quest: Real, actual, authentic croissants from my home oven.

I have been reading every delicious word and sage piece of advice from two faded stars of twentieth century baking. The housework slipped, I stopped reading fiction, even our beloved DCI Jane Tennison had to wait. Soon, I couldn't even blog anymore. Just the idea that I could have found the right recipe gripped me in the heat of obsession. Had I finally found the homemade croissant recipe of my dreams?

The answer is...

YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES!



Dear Paula Peck, You are a genius.

You, and your four pages of detailed directions which I followed as if under papal edict.


Flaky, crispy, tender; as if Paris itself had rolled into a flour-butter-yeasty piece of heaven and mailed itself to my door.

By JOVE I think I've done it!

Can you have one? Only if I don't eat them all first.



My apologies for the low quality cell phone photos, my digital cam needs batteries. Who can remember batteries when baking is on the brain?

14 comments:

Bek said...

I am so impressed. Bread of all forms escapes me...... I don't know why..........

Those look perfect. They are just waiting for a big tub of Nutella or lemon curd.... mmmm

Azúcar said...

I will admit that I could have made these yesterday but I watched the Holy War instead and Holy COW! Jumping, screaming, scaring the child! What a game!

Croissants AND a perfect MWC record? Could this weekend be any better? I submit that it could not.

*burp*

miggy said...

I'm eating hot dogs and you're eating croissants. . . somethings not right here.

William Goss said...

Cro-- Crois--

Sigh.

BowlerGirl said...

I demand the recipe. DEMAND it I say. OK, ummmm perhaps I should actually be begging you. So pretty pleaes with azucar on top? Email or snail mail would be fantastic.

Yours forever, BowlerGirl

La Yen said...

How about if Paris itself rolls into a flour-butter-yeasty piece of heaven and mails itself to MY door?

mander said...

Yes, how could you taunt us all with the tale of flaky goodness without posting the recipe??

lisa v. clark said...

I really, really need those crossaints.

With swiss cheese, I think. Melted.

Kiki said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

I really, really need those croissants with CHOCOLATE! I wants the recipe! I wants it now! You hear me, Zuc?!

Azúcar said...

You want me to type out four pages of directions and describe the illustrations? This may have to involve a scanner. I'll think about it...

Kiki said...

Yes! It's not like I'm asking you to make me a cake that is a perfect and scaled replica of the Golden Gate Bridge or anything! GAH!

LYLAS!

compulsive writer said...

I submit to you that it could not get any better than that.

(Well, it could've I guess if I'd been invited over to sample your fabulouso croissants.)

Truth is, anyone can bake a pie, but wedding cakes and croissants--Azucar, I salute you--queen of culinary masterpieces.

La Yen said...

I am with kiki. Either scan it or mail them to each of us. YOu don't think we won't stage a coup? We will SO stage a coup. A Croissant coup.

b. said...

your post title (if spoken with a lisp) reminds me of Antonia on madtv.
Great looking croissants-