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Homemade Chocolate Croissants

4.43 from 76 votes
Learn how to make Homemade Chocolate Croissants with a much easier baking method than a regular croissant — and much sweeter!
Homemade Chocolate Croissants

Hi Bold Bakers!

Croissants are delicate and delicious pastries that require technique but they’re much easier to make than most people think. I will show how easy these lovely treats are to create. 

Although Homemade Chocolate Croissants do require a few steps, the good thing is that it’s the same step over and over. Once you get the hang of it, you will make them faster each time.

My dough is not made using the traditional croissant method. I freeze my butter and grate it into my dough. I freeze the butter because I want it as cold as possible and it gets down to pea size pieces which gets easily distributed throughout the dough.

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This dough can be made by hand, no kitchen mixer needed.

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They are incredibly soft and flaky, and you can make them ahead of time, freeze them, and bake them off fresh whenever you want.

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I always opt for an addition of chocolate whenever I  can but if you like to keep them plain that’s ok too.

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Homemade Chocolate Croissants are a labour of love, I’m not gonna lie. However when see you your hard work coming out of the oven all golden brown it is well worth it.

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Here is a step by step of the folds you have to do to your dough. I need visuals when I bake so I hope these help you tooHomemade Chocolate Croissants, croissants, Chocolate croissants, Homemade croissants, homemade pastries, Breakfast pastries, baking, Homemade breakfast pastries, Gemma Stafford, bigger bolder baking, baking, breakfast, pastries, Danish, bold baking, chocolate, chocolate recipes

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Homemade Chocolate Croissants Recipe

4.43 from 76 votes
Learn how to make Homemade Chocolate Croissants with a much easier baking method than a regular croissant — and much sweeter!
Author: adapted from Super Golden Bakes
Servings: 6 -8
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Learn how to make Homemade Chocolate Croissants with a much easier baking method than a regular croissant — and much sweeter!
Author: adapted from Super Golden Bakes
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120ml/4floz) warm milk
  • 1 3/4 cups (250g/ 8 ¾ oz) strong bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 11 tablespoons (150g/5.3 oz) butter, frozen
  • 4 tablespoons (50g/ 1 ¾ oz) sugar
  • 2 tsp (7g /1 sachet) dry yeast
  • Chocolate chips or bar (I recommend 72% cocoa solids)
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp milk to glaze

Instructions

  • Warm your milk until it is body-temperature (just warmed)
  • In a large bowl add the flour, salt, sugar and yeast and whisk to combine.
  • Grate the frozen butter straight into your flour. You want pea sized pieces of cold butter
  • Pour in the milk and gently combine to a dough using a spoon until the dough just comes together. You want the butter to remain in pea-sized pieces so don't be too enthusiastic when mixing the dough! don’t add liquid
  • Turn the dough out of a lightly floured work top and press together to form a square. It will be soft. Wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for 90 minutes
  • Lightly dust your worktop and rolling pin with flour.
  • Roll your dough out to a rectangle roughly 14 ½ inches by 10 inches
  • Fold the short sides of the dough into the middle (follow the pictures above the recipe)
  • Rotate the dough by a quarter turn. Roll out slightly to lengthen. Fold the short ends towards the middle
  • Flip the dough over so the seams are underneath. Roll it out again repeating the folding steps 2 more times. The dough will become more elastic as you are rolling and folding it. If at any point the butter softens too much, cover and pop in the freezer to firm it before continuing with rolling and folding.
  • The dough should be formed into a smallish rectangle. Wrap it twice with cling film and put in the fridge for a couple of hours or, ideally, overnight.
  • Roll the dough out to a rectangle three times as long as it is wide and at least 4mm thick. Trim the edges with a pastry scraper
  • Cut the dough into triangles about 30cm/12in long and 8cm/3in at the base.
  • Cut a small slit in the centre of each triangle base
  • Gently stretch the corners and tip, add your chocolate to the wide end then loosely roll the dough up. Place, tip side down, on a large tray lined with baking paper.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough, spacing the croissants a few inches apart on the tray
  • Cover loosely with greased cling film and let the croissants rise for 2-3 hours at room temperature - sorry, there are no shortcuts here!
  • Preheat the oven to 230C | 450F. Brush the croissants with the egg wash and bake for ten minutes then reduce temperature to 190C | 375F and bake for another 5 ish minutes or until the croissants are a deep golden brown. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

 

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Hi Gemma. My question is why can’t you use melted
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Hi Gemma. My question is why can’t you use melted butter would it not be also distributed evenly?

Roxxy
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Roxxy
15 days ago

Hi Gemma, how do i make the croissant softer? Pls answer

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Charlie1974
26 days ago

Happy to try to make my own mini croissants… taste is delicious

OliviaBaptiste
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OliviaBaptiste
1 month ago

Hi gamma if I can’t find bread flour can I use bakers flour if so what is the measurement i can use

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Nupur
1 month ago

Hi Gemma.. thank you for this amazing croissant recipe. My family loves them. I was hoping to make savoury croissants this time, how much of the sugar should I leave out( considering I ll need some to activate the yeast). Also can you suggest some vegetarian filling ideas..
Thanks in advance😃

Roxxy
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Roxxy
2 months ago

Hi Gemma. How do I proof my dough? I don’t have an oven with the proof setting..

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Hi Gemma,
Age 55, and finally got the courage to try puff/pastry, well actually not 100% “puff”; I have my first batch of your croissants in the freezer. I choose to freeze them so I have less work when I want to bake some (probably for the next extended-family brunch). I’m now so courageous to want to try and elaborate on that little feast by preparing some danish to go with the croissants. Simple question, do I use exactly the same dough or are the differences significant?

Jane
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Jane
3 months ago

Hi Gemma! Always love your recipe, trying it out tomorrow.

But i have a question, when you said “you can make them ahead of time, freeze them, and bake them off fresh whenever you want”

How long can it last in the freezer?

I’m a huge fan! Love you ❤️

Nleroux
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Nleroux
4 months ago

My first BBB recipe yeaterday! This was delicious this morning! Way easier than I thought it would be and so tasty! I feel like making multiple batches to keep in the freezer and always have on hand.

Asma
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Asma
5 months ago

Thank you so much for this recipe. My entire family loves croissants, but they never turned out how they are supposed to be, and thanks to your recipe they turned out wonderfully. You’ve inspired me to try your other recipes as well. Thank you so much.

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