The croissant is an ingenious French creation that not only represents sophistication, but also the pure love and joy of baking. The French croissant is truly the hallmark menu option in an upmarket café or bakery. What makes the French croissant so valued? The secret lies in the butter and the way the pastry is made.
The art of laminating dough with butter
The elastic but dry pastry dough is infused with aromatic butter through a process called laminating. High quality butter is beaten and flattened into a sheet that covers the entirety of the wide pastry dough. The dough is then folded and flattened in three cycles, in effect creating 81 extremely thin layers of butter within the pastry dough.
Butter contains two important components — fat and water. The fat acts as a shortening. In the mixing and leavening process, gluten proteins often form long chains that can often make the final product firm or even tough. This is not a bad thing if, for example, you are making French baguettes. However with butter lamination, the fat prevents this from happening, allowing the croissant to remain soft and crumbly.
Moisture in the butter will evaporate as steam. Since the butter is laminated within the pastry sheet, this steam will help the dough rise and form gaps on the surface, without tearing the dough apart. The combination of a buttery note, flakes from the egg wash, pillowy texture, and the distinct shape, all combine to give us this truly iconic pastry treat.
Easy lamination with Corman Butter Sheet
The lamination stage is often tedious and potentially costly because bakers often struggle to flatten block-shaped butter. The weight and equal distribution of butter across the pastry is important, and bakers rushing to meet production quota will not have time to be precise or efficient.
Corman Butter Sheet offers easy lamination as it is pre-formed into layers of equal thickness and fat consistency. Corman butter sheets come in 82% fat composition, and in Europe, they are often categorized alongside the superior quality German Markenbutter and Luxembourgian Beurre Rose labels. Corman Butter Sheets are produced with premium dairy creams, giving them an extraordinary plasticity without any grainy texture. No tempering is required before layering.
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