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April 30, 2024 By PastryClass

Vegan Croissants: How to Make Vegan Croissants

Master the art of vegan baking! Learn how to make flaky, delicious vegan croissants with this step-by-step recipe and guide.
Vegan Croissants: How to Make Vegan Croissants
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Croissants, with their flaky layers and buttery taste, are a beloved pastry around the world. But what if you're following a vegan lifestyle and still crave that indulgent pastry experience? Fear not! With the right ingredients and technique, you can enjoy delicious vegan croissants right in your own kitchen. Jump to recipe.

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Timeline for Making Vegan Croissants

Making vegan croissants is a labor of love, but the end result is well worth the effort. Here's a general timeline to guide you through the process.

Day 1: Prepare the Dough: Prepare the dough in the evening and let it rest overnight in the refrigerator. This allows the flavors to develop and the dough to relax, making it easier to work with the next day.

Day 2: Shape and Bake: In the morning, roll out the dough, shape your croissants, and let them proof until doubled in size. Preheat your oven and bake the croissants until golden brown and flaky.

Enjoy your freshly baked vegan croissants for breakfast, brunch, or any time of day!

Ingredients and Substitutions

To make vegan croissants, you'll need:

  • ✓ 500g all-purpose flour
  • ✓ 7g instant yeast
  • ✓ 60g sugar
  • ✓ 10g salt
  • ✓ 250ml almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • ✓ 100g vegan butter, chilled and cubed
  • ✓ Additional flour for dusting

Substitutions:

Flour: You can use a combination of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour for a heartier texture.

Yeast: If you don't have instant yeast, you can use active dry yeast. Make sure to activate it in warm water with a pinch of sugar before adding it to the dough.

Sugar: Any type of granulated sugar or coconut sugar can be used as a sweetener.

Salt: Sea salt or kosher salt can be used interchangeably.

Plant-Based Milk: Feel free to use any plant-based milk such as soy, oat, or coconut milk.

Vegan Butter: Margarine or coconut oil can be used as substitutes for vegan butter. Make sure they are solid when chilled.

How to Make Vegan Croissants

Dough:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  2. Gradually add the almond milk while mixing until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover the dough and refrigerate overnight.

Lamination:

  1. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface into a rectangle.
  2. Spread vegan butter over two-thirds of the dough, leaving one-third bare.
  3. Fold the bare third over the buttered middle third, then fold the remaining third on top (like folding a letter).
  4. Rotate the dough 90 degrees, roll it out again into a rectangle, and repeat the folding process.
  5. Wrap the dough and chill for 30 minutes.

Shaping and Baking:

  1. Roll out the chilled dough into a large rectangle and cut it into triangles.
  2. Roll each triangle from the base to the tip to form croissants.
  3. Place the croissants on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover, and let them proof until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
  5. Brush the proofed croissants with plant-based milk and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and flaky.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze the croissant dough?

Yes, you can freeze the dough after shaping it into croissants. Simply place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze until firm, then transfer them to a freezer bag. When ready to bake, let them thaw and proof before baking as usual.

How long do vegan croissants stay fresh?

Vegan croissants are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are baked. However, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or freeze them for longer storage.

Can I make sweet fillings for my vegan croissants?

Absolutely! You can fill your vegan croissants with sweet fillings like vegan chocolate spread, fruit preserves, or cinnamon sugar before rolling them up.

With this guide, you're well-equipped to embark on your vegan croissant-making journey. Enjoy the process and the delicious results!

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April 30, 2024 By PastryClass
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