Make Your Own Croissants

by in Healthy Recipes, May 4, 2012
croissant
Fill store-bought puff pastry with fruit, chocolate, cheese or lemon curd.

I’m always looking for something to liven up brunch menus. Try these buttery bite-sized treats at your next get-together.

Nutrition Facts
An average size plain croissant has 310 calories with more than 50% coming from fat. Pile in sugary and high-calorie fillings and it will quickly sabotage your breakfast or brunch. Smart downsizing is the way to have the best of both worlds.

The Method
Puff pastry dough may seem intimidating but it couldn’t be easier to use. Start with a good quality brand (we like Dufour). Roll it out, slice into skinny triangles, add fillings, roll and bake.

The Fillings
The measurements of fillings are minimal – which is nice because the calories stay that way too. Use thinly sliced pieces of fruit and ¼ teaspoon of wet ingredients like jam or honey. For hard ingredients like chocolate or cheese use a 1/8-ounce piece for each croissant.

Flavor-Packed Ideas
Choose any combination of flavors. Here are a few suggestions:

•    Apricot jam, fresh strawberries and sliced almonds (recipe below)
•    Dark chocolate-almond candy bar
•    Pear and honey
•    Dijon mustard, ham & Swiss cheese
•    Fig spread and Manchego cheese
•    Lemon curd and chopped pistachios
•    White chocolate and orange zest

croissants
Strawberry-Apricot Mini Croissants
Makes 32 pieces

All-purpose flour for dusting
1 sheet puff pastry (14-ounces)
8 teaspoons apricot jam
8 large strawberries, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 egg, beaten
Sparkling sugar (optional)

Equipment: pizza cutter, rolling pin, baking sheet, parchment paper

Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place puff pastry on a floured board and cut in half. Roll out the half sheet into a rectangle that is approximately 15 x 9 inches. Using a pizza cutter, divide that piece in half lengthwise. Then, working from left to right, cut diagonal lines up and down to slice the dough into 4 triangles. Slice each triangle in half, leaving you with 8 pieces of dough. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough to finally end up with 32 pieces.

To assemble croissants, fill each piece of dough. Place apricot jam on the wider end of the triangle, top with a strawberry slice and 2 pieces of sliced almond. Gently roll up the dough towards the tip of the triangle and transfer to the baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if using. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Info Per Piece
Calories: 59
Total Fat: 4 grams
Saturated Fat:  3 grams
Total Carbohydrate:  5 grams
Sugars: 1 gram
Protein:  1 gram
Sodium: 43 milligrams
Cholesterol:  11 milligrams
Fiber:  0 gram

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

More posts from .

Similar Posts

7 Easy Salads Starring 7 Summer Vegetables

Tomatoes? Check. Corn and cucumber? Double check. The next time you overdo it at the farmers market, you know what to do: Let’s get some salad up in here! Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing (above, from Food Network Magazine) Basil and garlic elicit their savory side, but these little tomatoes, tossed in buttermilk-sour creamRead more

Comments (2,203)

  1. anime games says:

    Title…

    [...]The details talked about within the post are a number of the most beneficial offered [...]…

  2. Booked says:

    Title…

    [...]The info talked about inside the post are some of the ideal readily available [...]…

  3. roz tilefona says:

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some very intriguing stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]…

  4. read more says:

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  5. Title…

    [...]although web-sites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they may be basically worth a go via, so have a look[...]…

  6. best says:

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some incredibly fascinating stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]…

  7. jewelry says:

    Title…

    [...]Here are several of the web-sites we recommend for our visitors[...]…

  8. The Absent Game…

    In between me and my husband we have owned a lot more MP3 gamers over the years than I can count, which includes Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few decades I’ve settled down to one line of players….

  9. Title…

    [...]Every once inside a while we pick out blogs that we read. Listed beneath would be the newest websites that we pick out [...]…

  10. Title…

    [...]Here is a good Blog You might Locate Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>