That is the punishment for being late and avoiding things until it's almost too late. I knew very well that this month's challenge wasn't going to be easy, so I really should have started earlier to be able to compensate for mistakes and retries.
I had never even thought of trying to bake croissants, so I was thrilled when this month's challenge was announced by Katie of Thyme for cooking. Silly, silly me to wait so long to start baking! The result of my first and only try was not really what I have anticipated, they were heavy and didn't have that flaky texture that you want in croissants. I think I should have folded the dough and rolled it out again more times than I did.
There was a discussion among the babes about the fluid content, and again there seemed to be at least partly an issue of the different flours that we use. One of the babes had used an additional l 100 ml of milk, but when I tried to do the same, I got a very loose dough and had to add more flour instead. I started over again, and now used an additional 50 ml of milk which was appropriate for my circumstances.
I don't know if this was subconscious decision, but I didn't close the gate (one of those gates intended to keep small children out or in, in our case used to keep the dog out) to the kitchen properly before I went to bed which of course resulted in the dog feasting on everything edible in the kitchen. OK, she left 3-4 croissants, but since she probably had licked on those, so no one wanted to eat them. And therefore, I didn't have to hear what I already knew, i.e. that the croissants were a failure ...
I don't think there was any problem with the instructions, since the other babes came out with good results, at least after a second try. If you want to try too, and become a Bread Baking Buddy, head over to Katie for the recipe, all instructions plus a lot of other interesting stuff about croissants.
And some of the other babes succeeded very well with their attempts, so I suggest that you steer over to them and see how they did it:
Bake My Day (Karen), I Like to Cook (Sara), Living on Bread and Water (Monique), My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna), Lucullian Delights (Ilva), Notitie van Lien (Lien), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn)
And I will definitely try again, some day I WILL bake good croissants!