Monday, April 9, 2018

Homemade Croissants and Delicious Food!


Good news continues...Jack looks and acts like a normal sneaky hound dog again...but he's still cage-bound for another 18 days. Thanks again for everyone's care, love and support! He knows he's a star. :) (He's pretending not to notice me with the camera!)


How was your weekend? Ours was cold and snowy, yeesh...check this out. This is Alex taking Jack out on a snowy Saturday. April? Besides complaining about the snow, I baked like a champion this past weekend!


I challenge myself weekly to try something new and yesterday it was Homemade Croissants. My Sunday food post is one day late...so much going on lately! These turned out so delicious!!! They are easy to make, but you need an entire day for them...from start to finish, these took 11 hours - not CONSTANTLY lol...there is just a lot of rolling, chilling and resting time in between each step!


The first step is prepping the dough, then rolling it out and chilling it for 40 minutes.


As your dough is chilling, you roll out your butter and chill that. Then you plop your butter on top of the dough. This next step is called the "lamination" step. 


Once you "envelope" your dough around the butter, you roll it out, then fold it up and chill for 45 minutes. You repeat this lamination step a total of 4 times, then chill the dough another 4 hours. See the masking tape? I use this as a guide for rolling out the size of my dough.


After the 4 hours is up, you roll out your dough and cut it into triangles, make a little slit at the straight edge then roll your croissants. At this point they rest about 90 minutes before you bake them. (I have the full instructions on the link at the top).


What a nice treat to have croissants with some cheese and my homemade Root Vegetable Potage. Lovely dinner! :) Lots of leftovers for tonight's dinner too (except the cheese, which was a store bought Brie...I need to get back to making my Camemberts!!!)


Some other dinners the last week were Chicken Piccata on a bed of Parm pasta; and Pizza Night with a ham and cheese pizza and a Bianca pizza (lovely pizza with a garlic-flavoured olive oil, a wee bit of Parm and Mozza, and some basil). The Bianca pizza is especially good using my thin crust Pizza Dough.


I also made Crepes and served some more of my homegrown window lettuce as a side! The dressing is just Balsamic vinegar with olive oil, some crushed garlic and S&P. You can't see it, but there is asparagus and some Swiss cheese in those crepes, they were delicious!


Sweets! When you have lots of carrots, why not make a Carrot Cake? :) I did! :) But I usually just make half the recipe, a double layer cake is a bit much, even for foodies like Alex and me! The frosting is a Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting and it's so delicious! I also made some Blueberry Muffins. I'm continuing to try to do some painting, pastels and drawing every day. If you want to take a peak, you can check it out on my Instagram Page. No need for an account, but feel free to be a voyeur lol! ;)

22 comments:

wisps of words said...

Sooooo happy about Jack!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your food!!!! You are such a wonderful cook, you could do catering!!!!

Sorry about the weather, but I suppose, you are pretty used to a long winter, where you live. Which doesn't make it any easier though!

Good that you are continuing with your art, which is certainly a gooood thing, for you. And fun of course! Fun is the best thing! :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Jack is clearly striking his "Good dog! Noble dog!' look.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

YAY for Jack! Just look at him being all Hollywood...ignoring the camera! Can I get your autograph Jack? SVP?!? He sure is a handsome boy!

Wow you did lots! Those croissants look amazing! All your dishes this week look divine!

Sorry about the snow. This has been a ridiculous spring. They are promising snow for us tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. Why not? After all, how needs spring? I hope its not going to be a cold summer. I hate those.

Kristina said...

The food looks amazing. I haven't had crepes for a long time. My kids last made them. Yum.

Susan said...

Jack is so handsome. I'm glad he's feeling better. Yes, this weather STINKS. I am starting to get panicky about my garden. I haven't made croissants in years - yours look fabulous! Your muffins reminded me that I have a tantalizing recipe from the Gluten Free Goddess for Blueberry Lemon GF muffins. And I happen to have about four gallon bags of frozen blueberries in the freezer! I didn't know you were on Instagram, so I am going to look you up!!!

Christine said...

You are a good cook what else can I say, the croissants look so good!

Linda said...

You fix food fit for royalty! It looks delicious - every single bit of it!!!

Stefanie said...

LOL at Jack's photo. What a character he is. Glad he's doing well. I didn't know croissants were so much work! You did a good job. What a fun word, potage, is. I've never made that before.
Thank you for the sweater love. I am very proud of it. It feels like such a big accomplishment!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

great jack news! i haven't made croissants i ages. i have never been a fan of them but everyone else loves them. it snowed here all day and is going to be 84 degrees on friday. how can this possibly be!!!??? just too gross for words!

laurie said...

oh my gosh, now thats a task, croissants!! Yum! Everything looks so good, you are an amazing cook with such a creative imaginative streak,,always an adventure,, I found myself wondering how Jack was lol, funny how we get attached to some blogs and wonder how things are,,I miss my dogs,, after the last one reached his end naturally,,, I have no had another but I'm starting to get the urge and Jack did that for melol,,

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

That Jack looks so loveable! How can you not spoil him! Your croissants look delicious but I can't eat them anymore. Use to make some from the Betty Crocker cookbook. Have a good rest of week! Nancy

Pam Jackson said...

I am so happy that Jack is doing better...I hate it when Dakota is not feeling well. Jack is looking good. As for that snow, WOW....although we had spitting snow on Saturday. Nice that we are not having that, you look like you are still in the throws of winter. Your food looks great, always does. I love that you keep trying new things. The wedding cake is my try new thing to last a yr! haha

baili said...

i am so happy for Jack dear Rain and this is great that he will be more on ease after some days!


when it comes to praise your various talents i feel like "speechless"

GREAT looking food and must be delicious for sure :)

i am PROUD OF YOU!!!

Becki said...

I had no idea making croissants was such an involved and long process. They do look delicious, though. And so glad to read that Jack is more himself. He's funny acting all aloof like that. Cutie.

Stefanie said...

Thank you for the love, Rain in today's comment.

Martha said...

OH MY GOSH...I am now starving! LOL I still haven't learned to NEVER visit your blog until after I've eaten :) Homemade croissant! They look amazing. I've never known anyone to do that. I'm not sure I have the patience to do that but if I'm ever near your place, maybe you can spare a few crumbs. LOL

That is wonderful news about Jack! He is adorable and I'm so happy he's doing well. The countdown is on for him to be sprung from his 'safety' prison...haha... I bet he'll be thrilled!

Guillaume said...

Oh this all looks so delicious! I'm hungry now!

Nicole Thomas said...

Now I will fall asleep hungry ... lol wow what a journey ... those croissants must have been the best ever.
So happy about Jack 💕

Share my Garden said...

Rain, I'm breathless! Busy or what! Those croissants look delicious. It's great weather for baking while we wait... and wait... and wait for spring to behave itself and warm up.
Love the photo of Jack looking hoity-toity. I'm so pleased that he's feeling better.

Magic Love Crow said...

So happy for Jack! Yes, he does know, he's a star! LOL!
Wow, look at all your snow!! Holy!!!
Thanks for all the yummy food!!! Looks amazing!
Big Hugs!

The Happy Whisk said...

Hi Rain. I'm Ivy a friend of Martha's and I came by to say hello.
Love dogs, love food. Both are fun to have around. Love a good bake.

sandy said...

good news about Jack - I enjoy your blog and looking at all the food you make.