Updated: Oct 9, 2022
Today we are making Vegan Croissants. Croissants are flaky, layered French pastry in the shape of a crescent. We are making 2 different types, both can be done in the same day but one is faster than the other.
I am going to show you how easy it is to prepare this recipe with a few simple steps.
Let’s get started
Step 1 - Activating the Yeast
To a bowl, add warm water approx 150 ml. Add 1 tablespoon of vegan sugar and mix it till it dissolves. Then add 1 Teaspoon of yeast to the water and let it rest for 15-20 minutes, and you will see the yeast will get activated.
Step 2 - Prepare the Dough
To a bowl add 500 grams of all purpose flour or bread flour. Add 1/3rd teaspoon of salt. 50 grams of vegan Butter, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 150 ml of the yeast water, around 70 ml of plant based milk, I am using coconut milk. Mix all the ingredients till they are well combined. You can add some water if the consistency is not right.
Step 3 - Knead
Once everything comes together start kneading the dough. It took me around 10 minutes to knead, till it was perfect. Roll the dough in a ball shape
Add a few drops of olive oil to the empty bowl and brush it evenly across the surface. Then add the dough ball in the bowl and cover it with the plastic film.
Let this rest for 1-2 hours or until you see the dough has risen and almost doubled in size.
Then remove the plastic film and it's time to prepare the croissants.
Place the dough on a flatter surface and add some dry flour on the base of the surface as well as on the top. Then press it gently to flatten it out. Now take a rolling pin and start to roll the dough out evenly. Try to roll it in a rough rectangular shape. Then slice the edges to give it a perfect rectangle. You can roll the dough thinner than this if you like.
Then give it 3 partitions length wise. After which we are going to slice it in triangles just like this.
Take the triangle and hold it from one side and start to roll it towards one of the edges. Once done give it the shape of a half moon or a crescent.
Repeat the same with the rest of them. You can change the width shape size as per your choice. Line a baking tray with the parchment paper and place them on top of it. Now to give them some color, you can either just use plant based milk and brush it on their surface. Or you can add agave syrup to the soy milk and apply it on them.
Step 6 Bake
Place them in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes over 180 C. The croissants are ready. You can brush them with some vegan butter, or serve with some homemade jam, but they stand so good on their own as well. They are incredibly soft and so delicious. You can also prepare them in so many different flavors as well.
Take some frozen vegan butter and place it in a plastic bag or in between the butter paper. Gently tap it so it gets spread evenly between the butter paper.
Freeze the Vegan Butter.
Then place the frozen vegan butter on top of the dough. If it comes out in one piece great, else don't worry about it and arrange the pieces as evenly as you can. Now wrap the dough around the butter so it is sealed properly. Then lightly beat it with the roller so the dough is intact and the butter can spread evenly. Make multiple folds and keep on rolling the dough. Once the dough is rolled out, slice it in a rectangular shape and then cut out large triangles. Slit the triangle from one side and then gently start to roll it in the standard croissant shape. See how nice and elastic it is. For the next one, I am going to add some chocolate chips, and let me tell you I get greedy at times with the chocolate chips, technically you add some and then roll it, but I like to add them at every section. There you go, the chocolate croissant is ready as well.
You can also slice the dough in a rectangle instead of triangles to make the chocolate croissants. Add the chocolate chips at the start and then roll it, and again you can add as many and as much as you like. You can bake them just like this or choose to slice them in small bits as well. Brush them with the mix of agave and plant based milk.
Then Bake them over 180 C for 20-25 minutes or till they are nice and golden. Look at those layers. My house right now is filled with the fragrance of croissants. Baking is a therapy in itself, food therapy. They are soft, light, fluffy and filled with a lot of happiness named chocolate. Look at that, so so fluffy.
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