I am a chef.
Okay, maybe not officially, but I like to think I am
when I'm creating meals in my own kitchen.
I would however not profess to be a baker.
I like to bake.
I'm fairly decent at it, but a true full blown baker I am not.
Lately though that has started to change.
I've gotten into baking breads.
Artisan loaves which my family loves, and now any store bought bread in our house
is a thing of the past.
It's a two edged sword really - once you've had the homemade stuff, you can't go back.
I mean you really can't go back.
That brings me to my husband and this wonderful Christmas gift he got me.
This book is phenomenal!
It is a wealth of information and has absolutely wonderful step by step photos for some of the more complicated breads.
I've now made a few things from this book, with really good results.
So good in fact that I decided to try my hand at croissants.
You might think - pffft what's there to a croissant.
Let me tell you...a whole lot!
This is not a recipe you can start last minute as it needs to rise,
and start working it's magic in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, there is rolling, folding and waiting...waiting for the dough to be just right.
Then shaped in to perfect crescents and then some more waiting.
Then after what seemed like an eternity, it gets baked.
After baking, there's still more waiting
as the butter settles into all the nooks and crannies.
Then, finally after all the hard work there is this....
(insert some sort of angelic sound effect here)
and of course you can't forget the inside...
It was delectable!
Decidedly the best croissant I've ever eaten.
Slightly warm, the faintest hint of sweet dough,
the wonderful crunch of the egg washed exterior and lots of flaky crumbles.
Just the way it was meant to be!
It transported me to a Paris cafe,
not that I've actually ever been there before, but you get the idea.
So next Sunday morning...
I think I might just be having breakfast in Paris again!
Are you a fan of the croissant?