The holidays are come and gone. Months of anticipation and delight, beautiful parties with friends and family and the festive decor everywhere, even at work! I went to the Nutcracker and Zoo Lights. I made an abundance of decadent treats and i think my Christmas cards arrived before Christmas day. phew
For Christmas, i hosted brunch at my house for about 20 people. I decided that it would be so lovely if i could make something special for the meal. Without batting a lash i pulled out Julia Child and decided to make croissants, all 14 pages of instruction, croissants.
the trouble began when i needed to triple the recipe. I started at 730 in the morning xmas eve. I knew the recipe would take about 12 hours. i had three bowls lined up with yeast rising. somewhere after the first rising which was to take place in about 3 hours, i was still waiting at 5 hours, 6 hours…so i thought OK lets take it out and see what we can do.All i had to do was flip the dough out and put it back in the bowl for about 2 hours….the next rising went perfectly..the dough was light and puffy. i thought YEA!
i rolled in the cold butter on a cold marble board and made my little croissants. then i was to wait 2 hours for the croissants to rise before baking…the croissants should have been baked and out of the oven by 10, in time for me to leave for midnight mass. At 1145pm that evening, instead of going to midnight mass, i went to bed with barely a rise.
the next morning i woke up and toasted in Christmas morning. I decided to bake them anyway and OK i would say about 2/3 of the batch turned out ok. the rest looked like little prawns.
I am going to try again with one batch and see how it goes! i will not give up!
other then that, the holiday was beautiful, i am once again overwhelmed with the love of my friends and family and very much look forward to 2011. What magic shall it bring?? we shall see!