"victory is mine, victory is mine. great day in the morning, people, victory is mine."
(if you're a fan of The West Wing, you'll appreciate the Lyman sass.)
because i've conquered my dough-laminating fears at last. after a sloppy attempt at making danish a couple years ago, i came back with a vengeance this weekend. the croissants baked up slightly lopsided, but i can't be bothered to care. after all the patient folding and rolling (and trips back and forth from the counter to the freezer), the dough was so luxurious and silky to the touch; i've never had a more rewarding baking experience.
(not)recipe essentials: high-quality European butter, OCD-level temperature control, and Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel's guidance. lopsided or not, they were delicious and passed the infamous "shatter" test.
bonus: my favorite part was turning my leftover dough scraps into little flaky knots. rather than the simple egg wash i gave the others, the knots were brushed with a melted butter, cinnamon, brown sugar mixture right before baking.