Everything Pretzel Croissants are a labor of love, seasoned with extra goodness. Traditional, buttery croissants are the perfect baked good. We love to enjoy this French, flaky bit of perfection on the go or on a leisurely weekend morning with a cup of coffee. We learned to make our own a few years back, when Jackie and I attended a baking class together at Taste Buds Kitchen. We’ve been wanting to make our own version for superman cooks for a while now, and Jackie was passionate about making our version just a bit different, or as I like to say “Superman it up”. That’s how we ended up with our very own Everything Pretzel Croissant. While searching for gift ideas for Jackie, I came across this place in our neighborhood that offered classes in baking a cooking, and when I noticed the baking class, which included croissants, I knew this was the perfect one. As most of our followers know, Jackie is the baker on our team (I have never seemed to have the precision baking requires). Jackie is great and standard favorites, like muffins, cookies and breads. So I knew learning how to make croissants would peak her interest. While croissant recipes seam complicated, they are really quite easy, just time-consuming. The reason that croissants are so delicious is the multiple layers of dough and butter. This is where the patience comes in. We were taught in class to modify a traditional croissant recipe by freezing the dough for ten minutes after each layer of butter was incorporated. This works well, but we recommend planning well and giving yourself the time it takes to make it as presented for the best possible finished product. For our Everything Pretzel Croissants, we took the original recipe one step further. We gave it a pretzel look, and topped it with the ever delicious Everything Bagel Seasoning. Standard or upgraded, these croissants hot out of the oven will not disappoint.
We took a classic recipe and changed it up to make an everything style pretzel.
- 4 C All Purpose flour
- 3/4 C ice cold water
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, plus 3 Tbsp
- 1/2 C cold milk
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1 1/4 Tbsp yeast
- 2 Tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- 1/4 C Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Combine flour, water, 3 Tbsp Butter, milk, sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
- Mix on low speed for 3-4 minutes, scraping the sides of the mixing bowl once if necessary. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured 10-inch pie pan or a dinner plate.
- Spray a large piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and transfer dough and wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.
- Using waxed paper or parchment paper roll out each stick of butter evenly between 2 sheets to form an 8×8 inch square that is about 1/8″ thick. When you have all three flattened sticks of butter rolled into sheets place them in refrigerator overnight.
- The next day remove dough and place on slightly floured surface and roll out to form a 14 x 10 inch rectangle.
- Place one sheet of the butter on top of dough and fold dough over to cover butter.
- Roll gently with rolling pin until dough is back to the 14 x 10 inch shape.If dough gets soft refrigerate for 5 minutes.
- Repeat adding the second sheet of butter and folding dough over to completely cover butter. Refrigerate.
- Repeat the butter step again and roll back out to the original size.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
- Make sure the dough is a proper rectangle with clean edges and cut the dough by measuring in 2 inches on the long edge and cutting dough to the corner of the opposite side making triangles. Repeat from the opposite side or dough until you are done. You should yield 14 croissants.
- Roll dough from long side to the tip creating croissants, curving ends in to form traditional shape.
- Place on baking sheets and place in warm 75-80 degree area and cover with a towel and allow to proof for 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- In a medium bowl combine baking soda with 2 cups water.
- Dip croissants in water mixture and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Crack egg in small bowl and mix with 1 tsp water.
- Brush each croissant with egg mixture.
- Sprinkle each croissant with bagel seasoning and place in oven for 10 minutes.
- Lower temperature to 375° and bake an additional 5-8 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove and allow to cool.