Pimp My Croissant

Oh la la, mais oui, ‘ze French croissant. Unfortunately, quite pricey at all the fancy good-quality French bakeries, and quite unhealthy and calorie-loaded at all the cheap supermarkets. How to make a healthier yet affordable alternative?

Purchase fresh pastry dough and then build your own croissants at home. It will only take about 30 minutes of your time. It will be a healthier breakfast that tastes just as good (if not even better) than store bought croissants (with all sorts of unorganic and artificial additives). I used fresh pastry dough, in this case by “Tante Fanny”, which I purchased in the cooling section of the Hoogvliet supermarket (in The Netherlands).  It contains basic ingredients and will keep for about tw0 weeks in the fridge. All the other ingredients I used are organic. I made a few cheese croissants and a few jam croissants.

croissant breakfast (1)
Cheese croissant with dried herbs: oregano, thyme and basil.
‘Homemade’ Croissants
Serves 3. Prep time: 30 minutes from start to mouth. Ingredients:

Fresh pastry dough, enough for 6 croissants
Egg, organic, scrambled, 1
Organic cheese of your choice, a small heap for each croissant + Organic herbs, dried, thyme/oregano/basil/sage
Alternatively, organic jam (with natural sugars)
Alternatively, hazelnut paste and a spoonful of chopped walnuts, a small heap for each croissant
Fresh blueberries, 100g
Tomatoes, organic & ripe, 2 pieces
Cucumber, organic, 1
Avocado, ripe, 1
Ideas for drinks on the side:
Fresh ginger tea or other winter teas
Cucumber water

If it isn’t pre-cut, cut the pastry dough into triangles. For cheese croissants: place a small heap of cheese and half a teaspoon of herbs on the widest part of the triangle and then loosely roll the dough into a croissant. For hazelnut paste croissants: on the widest part of the triangle, place half a tablespoon of hazelnut paste and sprinkle with chopped walnuts, then loosely roll the dough into a croissant. For jam croissants: you will add the jam later, so just roll up the empty dough into a croissant.

Once rolled up, brush the whole surface of the croissants with raw scrambled egg. This will give them a golden glow. Bake in the oven for the time designated on the pastry dough package (usually 15-20 minutes at 180-200 Celsius). In the meanwhile, prepare your lovely extras and some drinks for on the side. When the croissants are done, for cheese croissants: serve along side tomatoes, cucumber and avocado slices for a refreshing and healthy effect. For hazelnut paste or jam croissants: serve along side fresh blueberries for an extra dose of vitamins and deliciousness.

croissant breakfast (2)
Croissants, cheese, veggies, fruits.