Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quick Cinnamon Croissants

    Did you know April 10 is National Cinnamon Croissant Day? I don't know who comes up with these food holidays, but I'm glad they did. It just gives you an excuse to try something new. I really wanted to make homemade cinnamon croissants today. As I started looking for recipes sometime last week, I realized that was going to be impossible at this point in my life. Mainly, because I have a three year old who wouldn't like it if I spent three days kneading and folding and chilling and everything else. That being said, I had to come up with a quicker way to celebrate Cinnamon Croissant Day.
    After looking at all those croissant recipes, I noticed that the croissant is basically just a puff pastry with tasty filling. I bought puff pastry at the store and made my croissants. If you want to try to make the "real thing," this recipe looked pretty tasty.

frozen puff pastry
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1-1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cocoa powder

  • Thaw the whole package of puff pastry. When thawed, unfold the pastry so it makes one big rectangle (about 12x20inches).
  • Preheat oven to 400*
  • Take a stick of butter, and coat the pastry with the butter.
  • Mix together the sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Sprinkle this on top of the butter.
  • Starting with a long side of the rectangle, roll the pastry up like you would a cinnamon roll. Slice the log into 6 pieces.
  • Form each piece into a crescent shape and seal the edges so the filling will stay inside when you cook it. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes  or until pastry is done.

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