How long do you knead croissant dough?

Sara
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  • January 9, 2016
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PieceOfLayerCake January 10, 2016
You DO knead a croissant dough. Before you begin a lamination process, you make a slightly enriched dough which needs structure so that it can take the amount of stretching and rolling that is required. Depending on what ingredients are in your dough (some call for butter, most call for sugar, I've seen some with eggs), you should knead anywhere from 3 - 10 minutes. The dough I make for my croissant usually takes about 7 minutes to come together on low speed with a dough hook. You just want something supple and smooth.
 
Sara January 10, 2016
Thank you! I would assume 5 minutes or so, by hand, would suffice?
 
PieceOfLayerCake January 10, 2016
That should be plenty! The entire croissant process can be done by hand...and should be! I applaud you for that.
 
ChefJune January 10, 2016
You don't knead croissant dough. you roll it out, encase it in butter and roll again. Rest and repeat. Several times.
 
Smaug January 10, 2016
Wouldn't it be easier to encase the butter in the dough? Anyway, the ship has sailed- bread dough croissants are recognized in the English language and, like shortening and icon, we'll probably never get the word back.
 

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jeinde January 9, 2016
You don't knead the dough. You encase a slab of butter in yeast dough, then roll, turn , rest in refrigerator and keep repeating the process several times. If a recipe has you kneading, it's not a croissant.
 
gt2010 July 21, 2021
"If a recipe has you kneading, it's not a croissant"
I saw this comment and signed up just so I could ask - where on gods green earth did you get this information ? Croissants dough is definitely kneaded
 
Sarah J. January 9, 2016
Hi Sara, We have a couple of posts that go through the process of making croissants.

https://food52.com/blog/8309-homemade-croissants
https://food52.com/blog/12855-the-best-pastry-of-all-how-to-make-chocolate-almond-croissants

Hope those help!
 
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