Thursday, 10 February 2011

Look what I can make! (croissants & lime marmalade)

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Likewise, if I cook something impressive and I don't photograph it and put it on my blog, did it really happen? Basically, I'm just looking for an excuse to show off a few things I've made recently.
Croissants have been high on my list of "things-I-should-be-able-to-make-but-haven't-yet" for some time. I wanted to use the recipe from Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" but the instructions do go on and on. Instead, I found this brilliant blog post which makes croissants according to Julia's book and provides really great photos of the whole process. I followed the instructions to the letter and I'm pretty proud of the results! My croissants are slightly tanned, but, when they get eaten as fast as these did, who notices what they look like? I'll definitely be making them again. (Even if you're not tempted to take up the challenge, check out the superb instructional blog post). (Note, the flour to use is strong white flour)  
In the first week of January the newspapers in London reported that sales of marmalade were at a low whilst sales in peanut butter and chocolate spread soared. A week later, the reports were that sales of pectin and oranges were up, as were internet searches of recipes for making marmalade. One reason for the increase may have been the recipe section of the Telegraph in early January, which ran this lime marmalade recipe. I have been wanting to make jam or marmalade for a while. Whilst I've never really liked traditional orange marmalades, I don't mind lime varieties. So lime marmalade it was. The Telegraph recipe by Nick Selby (the marmalade maker for Melrose and Morgan) is excellent and easy to follow for first time preserve makers like me. The marmalade is delicious with lashings of butter on, say, a home made croissant ...  
So now you've seen my pastry and marmalade making, it all officially exists. Phew.

9 comments:

Food Urchin said...

You say seeing is believing, I say eating is believing and I will only believe you actually made these croissants until I get to eat one.

Got that?

laundryetc said...

They look bloody lovely. Do you think you will make them again? Now and again, often? Or was it a one off just to know you'd done it? Breakfast at your house sounds good to me.

Food For Think said...

Croissants have long been on my "things-I-should-be-able-to-make-but-haven't-yet" list too!!

I'm going to make a point and definitely make them next week, they look lovely and fluffy.

Kerri said...

Very impressive! I made croissants in Home Economics when I was at school. I remember them being very difficult and the smell of yeast and dough seemed to cling to my hands for days.

I've got a stack of oranges waiting to be turned into marmalade, really must do that this weekend.

Hanna @ Swedish Meatball said...

These look amazing! Reading the recipe you linked to I really like the idea of making a massive batch of these and having in the freezer ready to be shoved in the oven whenever. Yum!

Robbie said...

Yummo!

tori said...

Officially impressed. Completely and utterly. Both have been on my list, but in the same way that 'learn to play the guitar' and 'stretch hamstrings everyday' are. Thanks for the vicarious pleasure of seeing someone else do it so well!

LexEat! said...

Geez Food Urchin, you're cheeky!

Laundryetc - I think I shall definitely be making the croissants again! And although I found the marmalde such hard going with thinly slicing all the skin, I actually have a big pot of orange marmalade cooking away right now!

Food For Think - I hope you make them - let me know!

Hi Kerri - wow that was advanced for school home ec! I'm cooking orange marmalade right now - a nigel slater recipe. What do you use?

Hi Hanna - thanks for reminding me - I'd forgotten about making them then freezing - that's exactly what I'm going to do!

Thanks Robbie!

Hehe surely eating the croissants Tori would be more fun than stretching hamstrings?!

Raluca said...

Wow Lex they look amazing!
By the way the blog you found...
The name is the Romanian word for something very similar to the Italian "polenta" and the guy is Romanian :). Will have to do it myself some day!