Being a bit of a French girl (actually, my only claim to being French is that my great-great-great-great-grandfather was French…but still…), I naturally have always loved croissants. Frogs legs and snails never really sounded too appealing, but buttery, fluffy croissants? Yes, please!
But of course, same old story with a lot of foods from my childhood: as I became a vegan I realised I could no longer eat my beloved croissants. Oh no, the horror!
Fast forward about 12 years. I’m watching some cooking show on television and they are making croissants, from scratch. A buttery dough, rolled then folded, rolled then folded, on and on, creating lots of layers. I can tell, essentially, that they are making puff pastry. Well, hey, I have some vegan puff pastry in my freezer! I’m tempted to run into the kitchen and start making vegan croissants immediately but I don’t know the next step. Impatiently, I watch how they cut the dough and roll it into a croissant shape. Ok, that’s it – I was in the kitchen before the show was finished, making my own croissants.
Having pre-made puff pastry made the process really easy too. Just cut the defrosted pastry into long triangles…
Roll it up…
And bake for about 25 minutes, until crisp and golden.
These croissants didn’t turn out as moist and buttery as real croissants though – you could spread some coconut oil on the pastry before rolling, and then brush the top with a bit more oil.
You could also sprinkle on some cinnamon and/or sweetener. Or put some filling at the base of the triangle, so it will be hidden in the middle…mmm! I’m thinking of filling some croissants with a cacao-nut spread, or strawberry jam, or slices of mango…the possibilities are endless!
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
- Defrost the sheet of puff pastry and turn on the oven to preheat at 180 degrees Celsius / 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the puff pastry into long triangles, with a base of about 10cm.
- Starting at the base, roll up the puff pastry.
- Shape into a slice crescent.
- Place on a baking tray and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
I’m taking these croissants to Merry Monday, Meatless Monday, What’d You Do This Weekend, and Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.
Comment below and tell me:
- What are your favourite French foods?
- Have you ever tried snails or frogs legs?
- If you are a vegan (or gluten free, or otherwise restricted): what foods do you miss?