Buttery Croissants & Fabulous Food Blogs

December 14, 2017
Who should we thank for French Croissants?

Why Marie Antoinette of course and my daughter! Merci to both of these lovely Ladies!

Marie Antoinette brought her croissant recipe with her from Austria, but any Frenchman will tell you that it was the French who perfected the recipe.

Today I am sharing a few links to some of my favorite and fabulous food blogs plus some tips on how to make buttery Croissants.


Making croissants is not for the faint of heart, or the lackadaisical. In fact it is a full commitment, beginning the night before baking! It was our daughter that committed to this culinary task and also discovered this excellent croissant recipe from Jo Cooks-Homemade Croissants.

Don't be shy and use a ruler to get the precise width and length of the dough.

Reuse plastic wrap and use unsalted butter.

Parchment paper and Bread flour are a must.

You must fold the butter into the dough and chill.

You cannot rush the process.

Being the photographer for this croissant recipe gave me an entirely different perspective and appreciation for the baker. Just when I thought that Amanda was finished patting, rolling and folding the dough it was time to pop the dough back into the fridge for awhile and then begin the process all over again!

Amanda invested a lot of time in her croissants and tried several recipes before deciding upon this one. I love her perseverance! However, I think I will stick with enjoying them and concentrate on baking simpler things!

These croissants turned out perfect, they were so light, fluffy and flaky.

If you like bread you might enjoy Perfect Yeast Rolls.

I so enjoy spending time in my kitchen preparing desserts, baked goods, stews and also experimenting with new recipes. I rely upon my collection of cookbooks as well as some favorite Food Blogs too. With the Christmas season upon on us I thought you might like to see a few of my top Food Blog choices.

Jo Cooks

Joy the Baker

The Pioneer Woman

The Café Sucre Farine

Cooking Classy

My Cookie Clinic

In our home Southern Banana Pudding is always a hit and I think it looks so special served in this pretty

Trifle Bowl ( a sweet gift from a sweet daughter.)

I sure would love for you take time to share your favorite recipe, cookbook or food blog with us all today too.

Hope to see you back on Monday for some Holiday centerpieces ideas for your next party or event!

Happy Weekend to all,


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  1. I love to bake but not sure I would invest the time to make croissants....I'd rather leave that to the experts and just eat them! I love anything made in a trifle bowl. I have one and must remember to get it out over the holidays. They are great for making something sweet with the last of the brownies and whatever sweet things you have in the fridge.

  2. Croissants are a real love and weakness for me! I am so impressed that Amanda makes them homemade. Bet they melt in your mouth!

    We love banana pudding too. :)

  3. I would love to take the croissant class at Zingermann's in Ann Arbor. I suspect I would never make them at home but I think it would be very good discipline!

    I have two favorite cooking blogs -- Jean's A Delightful Repast ( and more recently, Marie's The English Kitchen ( So far, both their recipes have been good and worked.

    As for cookbooks, I'm pretty fond of anything by Ina Garten, like Nigella Lawson's Feast and of course, Julia! My favorite current recipe, as I mentioned in my post a day or two back is her French Onion Soup -- revoltingly easy!

  4. mm I love a good croissant.
    Not sure I'd ever attempt to make them from scratch. I did try my hand at making danish's (not sure how to spell the plural) once or twice.

  5. I love to bake but I agree with Ann Marie lol. Maybe I should start a blog called 'the lazy baker'. Speaking of blogs, check out A Pinch of Yum. Fabulous!!

    Have a Merry Christmas Jemma! ❤️

  6. I can only imagine how sweet your home smells with all this baking. Happy Holidays, dear Jemma.

  7. Homemade bread is so delicious! My mom is the expert at that, especially any kind of bread made with a sourdough starter. I have some favorite food blogs, too - they're listed on the right-hand side of my blog - scroll down to Nom Nom Food Blogs, if you're interested. :-) Have a joyous and blessed Christmas with your family! xoxo


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