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Why did my Bouchon Bakery cookbook croissants fail in epic proportions?

The poolish seemed successful. The dough looked and felt beautiful. My butter block was fine. They rose when I proofed before baking.
They were dense and terrible. What could I have possibly done wrong? Other than not being Thomas Keller, that is.

asked by weekend at bearnaise almost 4 years ago

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Liza's Kitchen NYC
added almost 4 years ago

I'm not sure what went wrong, but I thought you might enjoy this blog post: http://bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com/2013/02/by-book-why-croissants-represent-my-life.html

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weekend at bearnaise
added almost 4 years ago

interestingly enough, that blogger's poolish looked exactly like mine until i came to my senses and kept adding water until it was the right consistency. like...as written, the poolish wasn't even remotely pancake-y. There was not nearly enough water to even begin to moisten all the flour!
Though I am fairly certain that wasn't my issue. Thanks for the read, though...glad to know I'm not alone!