Well the French Open starts in 4 days and 7 hours, not that I will have the energy to stay up late and watch all the coverage. So what better reason does one need to sit down with a good coffee and a croissant. I have attempted making croissants several times and still have not mastered them. They always taste good but the layering is tricky. I will continue to work on making the perfect croissant.
Almond croissants are pretty high up on my list of favourite foods and I only discovered them five years ago but I have done about 10 years worth of eating almond croissants within those five years. The first time I had them was at a kids morning birthday party whilst we were living in Sydney. The best kids birthday party I’ve ever been to as the adults were so wonderfully catered for – champagne, coffee and big baskets of croissants, pain au chocolat and almonds croissants. Matt Moran was one of the guests along with his kids which was also a highlight but the almond croissants were the true star.
Good almond croissants are so hard to find and they have the tendancy to be quite pricey. There are only two places in Brisbane where I have found good almond croissants – Rosalie Gourmet Market and Le Bon Choix. My favourite so far is from Le Bon Delice up at Peregian Beach. They only make them on Wednesdays and the weekend so plan your accommodation booking around these dates! It is so lovely to walk down along the beach and then pop in Le Bon Delice and get a hot milky coffee and a warm almond croissant straight from the oven. My lovely friend Fiona told me to go to Le Bon Delice and I will be forever grateful! I think the prices at these places are quite reasonable unlike most places. The most expensive I’ve come across was $8 for a pale looking croissant in a well known cafe on Hasting Street at Noosa – I didn’t buy it.
It is time consuming and a great deal of skill is needed to make almond croissant but you can do a speedy cheats version. From time to time I will buy a few really good croissants and make up some almond cream (frangipane) to fill them. Day old croissants are easily given a second lease of life. This is the perfect treat to whip up for a weekend breakfast. I will buy the croissants the day before and make up the almond cream and store in the fridge. Then it is just a matter of filling the croissants, baking for 20 minutes and then you will have warm almond croissants straight from your very own oven.
Have a lovely weekend and make a batch of almond croissants!
day old croissants
100g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
a little splash of rum or brandy
100g almond meal
1/4 cup plain flour
icing sugar to dust
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray.
Mix the butter, sugar and rum or brandy in a mixmaster until creamy and pale. Add the almond meal and mix until smooth and there is some aeration in the mix. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in the flour.
Split the croissant in half most of the way through and thickly spread some almond cream in the middle. Spread some more on top of the croissant and top with some flaked almonds. Bake for 20 minutes. Dust with a little icing sugar to serve.