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How to Make Croissants - Making and Folding Croissant Pastry Dough

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Croissants in Morocco
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Homemade Croissants

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Croissants are a crescent-shaped French pastries which may be made from leavened or unleavened puff pastry dough. Both flaky and tender, they're characterized not only by their shape, but also by rich butter flavor and numerous layers created by repeatedly rolling and folding the dough prior to shaping.

Croissants and other French pastries are very popular in Morocco. Many bakeries prepare freshly baked croissants twice each day – early in the morning in time for for breakfast, and again in the late afternoon to offer with Moroccan tea or coffee.

The following pages show how to make and fold croissants using this leavened Basic Croissant Dough recipe. Although your active work time will only be about an hour, you'll need the better part of a day to allow for rising and chilling times. Or, plan to prepare the dough in the afternoon, and refrigerate overnight.

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