A week off for this Cake Mama doesn't necessarily mean that I won't be baking. I often take advantage of week without cakes to do some experimentation in the kitchen and knock things off my "culinary bucket list". A few years ago, it was a goal of mine to make creme brulee. I got all of the equipment one Christmas from my parents (ramekins, torch) and was excited to learn that it was MUCH easier to make than I thought.
The following year, I wanted to make a souflee. My hubby bought me a souflee dish and I made two that year.
The next year, I wanted to make Julia's Boueff Bourginon, and even though I am allergic to beef and would be unable to taste it, I had an eager husband who coached me along the way. I made that recipe twice as well.
Well, this year, I wanted to conquer homemade croissants. It was Julia Child's 100th birthday last week and I thought it was the perfect occasion. That, and I was hosting our Gourmet Dinner Club for breakfast on Sunday. They're usually game for just about anything (except Greg who is pickier than even my daughter).
The recipe was INCREDIBLY tough. Seven pages of cookbook instructions and a few pictures dabbled throughout. I youtube-d videos as well which I found incredibly helpful. The whole process took THREE days to complete. I made the dough one night, the next day I just rolled and the following day I proofed and baked the croissants. I made three different kinds (because why not?); plain, chocolate and almond, and this being my first try, I'm very proud of how they turned out.