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  1. Katrina @ WVS March 20, 2014 at 8:58 am · Reply

    These truly look perfect. Lovely recipe!

  2. Lindsey (dolly and oatmeal) March 20, 2014 at 9:29 am · Reply

    i can totally relate to having some big, intense idea about something, making it, and it totally blowing up in my face. i usually let a decent amount of time and yoga breathing go by before i tackle it once more. i’m glad you were tenacious enough to give these babies another whirl, they’re gorgeous! i couldn’t agree more, their shape is quite cute, and as a VW beetle owner the resemblance is uncanny!

  3. Kelly March 20, 2014 at 10:20 am · Reply

    So beautiful! I’m so impressed you tackled croissants. They are definitely intimidating. I’m going to Tartine for brunch on Sunday! So excited.

  4. Stephanie March 20, 2014 at 10:43 am · Reply

    The Volkswagon Beetles of the croissant world…classic, classic, classic! :) I admire your perseverance. A lot of people would probably give up at that point, considering the time and effort required for this kind of labor of love. I felt the same when I tried making pannetone a few years back. I think it took me about 4 times to get it to look and taste like one. It was agonizing but I’m glad I kept at it.

    Croissants really are one of lifes most delicious treasures. They are so delicious! And I love your description of tearing into one, still warm from the oven, the flesh so spongy and rich. I live for that bite, where you get the soft chew of the inside with the sharp crunchy bite from the shell.

  5. Jazzqueen March 20, 2014 at 11:00 am · Reply

    Bravo!!!

  6. Kathryn March 20, 2014 at 11:20 am · Reply

    I’ve always been a little scared to throw myself into croissant making and I feared the puddle of butter effect but you’ve convinced me to give these a try. Your photographs are just mouth watering.

  7. Brianne March 20, 2014 at 11:30 am · Reply

    I am with you on big, round croissants! I love the doughy innards; now I have to try to make croissants so I can eat them while they’re still steaming! That sounds basically like heaven. But first I have to master puddling butter from pre-baking pie crusts :/ That’s my big baking project. It’s a good thing I love pie, otherwise I would have given up months ago. I love the light and dark photos you’ve posted with this recipe!

  8. cynthia March 20, 2014 at 11:36 am · Reply

    Linda.

    Can I just say thank you? For these show-stopping photos (the dark ones! I swoon. Seriously, I can’t feel my legs.) for candor in baking frustrations, for true food writing. That description of the flaky, crisp outer shell giving way to tender, steaming inner layers — it’s the universal image of that perfect croissant we all know and love. You’re an inspiration, dear friend. And these croissants are VW Beetle perfection.

    And also, your last comment on my post made me laugh out loud!!! I need to email you or something. You are the best.

    Off to share this on every social medium I know of!

  9. cheri March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm · Reply

    These look beautiful, great posts!

  10. Valentina March 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm · Reply

    WELL HELLO SPRING,

    Damn, this is so, so great. Those croissants look like what croissant should be. Exactly like it.
    And kudos for trying and trying – croissants and pastries are some of the most difficult things to get right and it does take trial and error. These look like they paid back big time.

    (Side story: I once had Balthazar’s almond croissants. Yes, once, and that was it. It was way below my expectations. All this to say that yours look much better that those did. True story).

    I’m not sure I’m ready to try and make croissants yet (all the butter scares me, honestly) but I’m totallt working towards the Scorpion pose.
    I am. Yep.

  11. Erika March 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm · Reply

    These are truly, truly beautiful works of art. I’m off to Paris (hopefully!) sometime this summer and I think I’ll leave my croissant consumption for then, but it’s so inspiring to know that works of art like these CAN be created in my kitchen! I love that you shared you story of the rubbery croissants because if an incredibly talented blogger like yourself had a not-so-satisfactory result the first time, I won’t feel so bad if I completely flub my first attempt (far, FAR into the future). Bravo!

  12. Pang March 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm · Reply

    This looks SO SO GOOD, and simply wonderful, but not at all simple to achieve this good result. Love all the pics as well. :)

  13. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) March 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm · Reply

    Wow wow wow, those look so impressively beautiful, perfect, and buttery-delicious! It seems like your persistence really paid off… I love big projects, too. (Although if I’d just conquered homemade croissants, I’d probably feel (self-)satisfied enough to take about a year off before my next big project after that… and/or I’d just keep making these over. and over. and over.)

  14. Eva | Adventures in Cooking March 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Reply

    Oh man, these look awesome!!! I made croissants once before and loved them, but the process to make them is pretty time consuming so I haven’t made them again since :/ Looking at these photos is proving to be quite the motivation, though :)

  15. Sini | my blue&white kitchen March 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm · Reply

    What an honest & beautifully written post, Linda! Seriously, it’s so refreshing to read true kitchen stories for a change. I don’t think there’s any shame in failing or doing mistakes cause after all it’s through mistakes that we learn. [Although, yes, they can be tremendously frustrating making you want to beat up that failed batch… I speak from experience.]
    My Sunday brekfast table would look so lovely with a batch of these croissants and a mug of coffee. THANK YOU!

  16. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm · Reply

    I am just so impressed. Your croissants turned out absolutely lovely! I really want to try the recipe, perhaps when I work up the courage!

  17. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Reply

    They look like they’ve come from a bakery, their beautiful! I’ve always want to give these a go but feel that they’ll go wrong and I’d have wasted lots of time and ingredients.

  18. Kristan March 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm · Reply

    These croissants look great, and your photos are so lovely! I definitely have had my share of moments where I want to storm out of the kitchen and scream. As hopeless as I feel in those moments, I know that those are the times where I need to give it my all, and not give up. By the way, I am SO glad you brought the dedication and patience of a sushi apprentices; so inspiring, right? I’m guessing you saw Jiro dreams of sushi ;)

  19. Meike March 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm · Reply

    Your croissants look perfect! You wrote a beautiful post and encouraged me to give puff pastry a try again!

  20. Hayley March 31, 2014 at 11:06 pm · Reply

    Just wanted to say “hi.” I really loved reading this post, and relate to your style of writing. I lived in Brooklyn last year, and my heart aches for it so. You’re in a mighty fine city : ) Also, I admire your determination to not only attempt croissants once, but twice! It’s definitely on my to do list (but is probably the most daunting)! One day…one day…

    Cheers!

  21. morgan April 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Reply

    absolutely gorgeous photos! i just stumbled upon your blog and i’m so glad i did! you’ve been added to my feedly reader. excited to follow along.

    cheers,
    morgan

  22. Maggie April 3, 2014 at 11:45 am · Reply

    This looks wonderful! I wanted to make croissant at home when I got my first oven. But when I read the recipe from Julia Child’s Cookbook, I just gave up without even try it. But again, your croissant look so good, and now I want to take the challenge. :)

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