Croissant Masters Round 3

by Julie Ruble on September 13, 2010 · 16 comments

Know what makes me happy? Croissants. Know what makes me happier? Homemade croissants. Know what makes me happiest?! HOMEMADE CROISSANTS YOU MADE!

These amazing home cooks have battled the butter, lassoed the lamination, dominated the dough, wrestled the rolling pin, and flung the flour. They committed to croissant in the Willow Bird Baking Croissant Challenge — and arose victorious (pun intended)!

Seriously, all puns aside (how long can this possibly last?), I am flooded with pride and joy every time I open my email to a new batch of readers’ freshly made croissants. If you don’t think you can make these golden pastries, think again. Below are four home cooks just like you, and they’ve all conquered the process. Will you commit to croissant? Go get the recipe for yourself! You can also see the first or second round of Croissant Masters.

Time to show off the latest Croissant Rockstars!



Clair: “They turned out really great. Buttery and flaky, a bit crisp on the outside but still soft on the inside . . . All in all, a good amount of work, something you really have to commit your day (or morning) to, but totally worth the effort.”


[see more of Clair's croissants here.]





Amanda R.: “I never liked croissants until I tried homemade ones from your recipe, and I LOVED them. My mom kept saying that they tasted like rolls my great grandmother used to make, so it was especially meaningful to have her share that memory, all thanks to your encouragement and amazingly clear instructions for croissant making.”





Joanna: “I made some croissants today (it’s my first try) and they are delicious! Plus the video you provided was very helpful . . . my family loved them.”






Abbey C.: “I went into making these not considering that it involved two of the things I am worst at — using a rolling pin and cutting straight lines. But they were truly delicious, and I was even getting a bit better at shaping them by the end. Thanks so much for this challenge . . . I probably would never have considered making them otherwise.”




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Wei-Wei September 14, 2010 at 12:17 am

Mmm, croissants. Buttery flaky goodness! I never would have thought to make them at home (butter and pastry scare me) but you’ve convinced me. Just a little. Heh.

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Julie September 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

Do it, do it! It’s one of my favorite baking achievements! You’ll love it!

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ovenhaven September 14, 2010 at 6:46 am

*salutes* You’re one of the very few people I know who makes croissants from scratch! They look gorgeous :)

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Wawa September 14, 2010 at 8:39 am

Ok, that’s it. I’m making these. Next time I have a free cooking weekend I’m absolutely going to tackle croissants. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Julie September 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hurray!!! I can’t wait to see! :)

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Kat September 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

(please read the following in a large stadium chant voice)

Do it! Do it! Do it!

(thank you)

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Julie September 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

:) Thank YOU, Croissant Master Kat!

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Suzy September 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Congrats to the Croissant Masters/Rockstars/Conquerors! I have promised myself that I too will be a member of this club, and I will! When? Hmmm…let me consult my Magic 8-Ball and get back to you…

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Julie September 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I hope soon, Suzy!!

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KeepItSweet September 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm

this is really tempting- i’ve never made croissants from scratch before!

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Julie September 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I hope you’ll give it a shot! It seems tricky, but is actually relatively straightforward — but just a long process!

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Anna Johnston September 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Fabulous! Love it & I’m almost inspired to try my hand at these little beauties.

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Julie September 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I hope you will, Anna!!

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Julie M. September 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Yay for another round of Croissant Masters! I know I keep saying I’ll try this and I still want to! My days have been crazy but hopefully it will slow down a touch in the next few weeks and I’ll be able to pull out the rolling pin and the butter.

Nice work to everyone who did it this round!

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Barbara Bakes September 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

How great that you inspired so many!

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