Love and Confections: Almond Croissants for #BrunchWeek

May 7, 2013

Almond Croissants for #BrunchWeek

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I LOVE Almond Croissants. L-O-V-E! It needs to be professed from the highest mountain how good these things really are. It's kind of a common joke among chefs that Almond Croissants are the crack of the pastry world - totally addicting and if you see one, you have to have it.


These babies are moist and sweet and have such a great almond flavor that you will make them again and again. When making these delectable beauties, day-old croissants are the best. It soaks up the warm simple syrup and gets it all gooey and sugary. If you are hell-bent on making your own croissants for this - by all means - I didn't have the time or energy to do so this go-around. I get my croissants from a little French bakery I used to work at. The Master Baker, Denny, is a friend of mine, and makes THE best croissants in town. I learned how to make these from him, but use my own almond filling recipe.


Almond Croissants
A Love and Confections original recipe

Almond Croissant Ingredients:
- 12 day-old Croissants
- 500 grams Sugar
- 500 grams water

Almond Cream
- 16 ounces Almond Paste
- 100 grams Sugar
- 195 grams Butter, room temperature
- 30 grams Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
- 250 grams Eggs (5 large eggs), room temperature
- 115 grams Flour, sifted

- Powdered Sugar, for topping

Almond Croissant Directions:
- Heat the oven to 350F. Line 1 or 2 sheet pans with parchment paper
- Slice the Croissants horizontally in half, starting at the fattest part. Do not slice completely through, leave the tips attached.
- Combine the first measure of Sugar and Water in a medium saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved and a simple syrup has formed.
- Dip the Croissants into the simple syrup, making sure the insides of the croissants get soaked. Be careful because the syrup is hot - you may want to use a few layers of gloves. Squeeze the syrup from the croissants and place cut side up on the sheet trays.


- Combine Almond Paste, second measure of Sugar, Butter and Almond Flour in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix the ingredients on medium, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl every few minutes.
- While on low, add in the Eggs one at a time, making sure the Egg is thoroughly mixed in before adding the next. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is mixed properly
- Add in the Flour and mix on low until incorporated.
- Scoop the Almond Cream into a piping bag fitted with a large tip. Pipe a generous amount onto one side of each croissant.


- Close the croissants and pile a dollop on top.


- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or when the Almond Cream filling looks cake-like and not liquid.
- Let it cool, then dust with Powdered Sugar.
- Any leftover Almond Cream can be put into freezer bags and frozen for future use. Thaw in refrigerator.

Today's Brunch Recipes from participating #BrunchWeek Food Bloggers

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Brie and Herb Omelette by Noshing With The Nolands
Hangover Breakfast Burrito by Cooking In Stilettos

Brunch Recipes for Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-Type Yums
Almond Croissants by Love and Confections
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Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze by Katie’s Cucina
Strawberry Scones by Real Housemoms

Brunch Dessert Recipes
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Kiwi and Rose Cream Trifle by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Banana “Ice Cream” by Amanda’s Apron
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Chocolate Coated Mini Donuts by Kokocooks



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12 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea! You don't know the fortune that I've spent on these at various posh bakeries.

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    1. They are very easy to make. You should try!

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  2. I absolutely love croissants! That looks heavenly!

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  3. This is such a great idea! I love almond croissants. I've never cooked with marzipan/almond paste at home, but I keep meaning to buy it & try it...

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  4. Those look like a perfect croissant!! Yum!!

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  5. You know I have never tried an almond croissant but it looks incredible.

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  6. What a great way to use up extra croissants. Does the pastry crisp up again in the oven when it bakes?

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    1. Yes, but not as much as fresh croissants because of the simple syrup.The inside stays moist and won't dry out because of that. If you want your a little crispier, you can bake it for a few minutes longer, but be careful not to burn them.

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  7. I love your photography & the recipe sounds divine! I love all things almond!

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