Learning to Make Croissants with Mille-Feuille Bakery

September 4, 2018
baking authentic french croissants

I recently had the pleasure of attending a fun croissant making class at Mille-Feuille Bakery in Greenwich Village, and I wanted to tell you all about it!

I knew when Nate and I moved to the area that I would want to take advantage of all of the wonderful bakeries that would be nearby in the city. Mille-Feuille is one of them. It’s your classic French bakery complete with croissants, macarons, baguette, mille-feuilles, tarts, and more.

baking authentic french croissantsI was stoked when I found out that they did baking classes, so I checked them out immediately. They do one for macarons, one for croissants, one for mille-feuilles, and one for éclairs. I was on a real macaron-making kick when I found out about the classes (still am!) but ultimately decided to do croissants — because when am I going to teach myself that??

Anyway, so I signed up months ago and finally got to attend the class last weekend 🙂

Apparently croissant making is actually a three-day process—at least for this bakery, it is. Here are the abbreviated instructions:

Day 1: Make the dough by mixing all purpose flour, sugar, salt, butter, fresh yeast, whole milk, and vanilla. Wrap the dough and let it set overnight in the fridge.

Day 2: Roll out the dough and set a large square of butter on top of it. Fold the dough around the butter and roll out the dough. Fold again. Let the dough set again in the fridge.

Day 3: Roll out the dough and cut into triangles. Roll them into croissants and set them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Proof, then brush the tops with egg yolks. Then bake until a semi-dark golden brown.

Now that you know a little bit about the process, these pictures will have some context…

baking authentic french croissantsbaking authentic french croissantsbaking authentic french croissantsThat’s Jean-Denis, our teacher. (Thanks for creeping, Nate.) His French accent made my francophile heart so happy!

baking authentic french croissantsbaking authentic french croissantsThese are Nate’s croissants. They turned out the best in the class!

baking authentic french croissantsOne day, I will be able to make croissants that look like this. Doesn’t that almond blueberry croissant on the right look amazing??

Don’t mind me while I eat all thirty croissants that Nate and I went home with!

Anyway, this was so much fun! If you’re ever in Manhattan, I highly recommend taking one of Mille-Feuille’s classes!

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