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Bacon and Cheese Rye Croissant with Sourdough Starter - it might kill me, but I will die happy

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txfarmer

Bacon and Cheese Rye Croissant with Sourdough Starter - it might kill me, but I will die happy

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I have been experimenting with using rye flour in croissants. To get maximum rye flavor, I at first tried to use rye starter, but the dough became too acidic that the croissants didn't have sufficient rise in the oven, which leads to sub-par crumb. I then tried to make a levain with white starter and rye flour, the rise was better, still not satisfactory. Finally I gave up, substiuted ww with rye in this formula, there's 20% of rye, all in the final dough, leads to a noticable rye flavor yet still keep good gluten strength. I am not going to copy it here again, please click here for formula (just replace ww with equal amount of rye and increase hydration if necessary).

Good even honeycomb crumb structure with good expansion

I roll the dough out pretty thin so the holes are fairly small, but I am glad that the walls are all fairly thin/transparent, showing no sigh of butter leaking and dough layers stuck together

After the successful batch, I decided to try a variation I saw a while ago: before the third(and last) fold, spread a crazy amount of shredded cheese (I used provolone, 42% of total flour) and bacon bits (without frying, 47% of total flour weight) on 2/3 of dough

Do the book fold as usual (the third and last one)

After relaxing in fridge for 2 hours, roll out as usual, cut and shape. Proofing and baking time/temp should be as the same as before. See the bacon bits on crust?

That crazy amount of cheese and bacon would certainly affect crumb structure - sticky melted cheese and bacon would make layers stick and create uneven holes, but OMG, the flavor! Bacon, Provolone cheese, all that roll in butter act together to create this insanely delicious treat. There's no doubt that it's sinfully unhealthy. The smell alone from the oven makes my arteries hurt, but trust me, it's a small price to pay!

I devoured 4 after baking these, and I don't regret one bit.

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lumos's picture
lumos

Yeah, they look extremely dangerous.....Wish you lived near me...... :p

 

txfarmer's picture
txfarmer

I wish I live closer to you so that I can participate in the FE!

lumos's picture
lumos

You don't have to live here to participate. You can just fly! :p

gary.turner's picture
gary.turner

Well, you do have to keep your energy levels up for the White Rock half marathon, right?

cheers,

gary

eliabel's picture
eliabel

Your croissants are wonderful. Congratulations!

txfarmer's picture
txfarmer

I am actually training for the full marathon, but work situation might prevent me from actually running it. Either way, I need the fuel to recover from running those 3 hour runs!

ehanner's picture
ehanner

I'm sitting here drooling over your outrageously good looking croissants which would be good plain and then you add bacon and cheese. There should be a rule that only fat people can do these things. You on the other hand being a marathon runner should not be allowed to post such heavenly treats as if it it doesn't matter. All kidding aside, a very fine example of your skills in tuning a recipe to suit your goals. Well done.

Eric

txfarmer's picture
txfarmer

Ha, thanks Eric. I believe in "work hard play hard", or is that "run a lot and eat a lot"? :P

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Juergen Krauss

What a great sight. And I can smell them from over here ...

They conjure up memories of savoury croissants we got from a local bakery in Freiburg, where they treated their croissants with lye - like pretzels, and sprinkled them with coarse salt.

Juergen

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nicodvb

Txfarmer, every time I open one of your thread I'm speechless, stunned by the perfection.

eliabel's picture
eliabel

Extraordinary croissants, Txfarmer.  Even to look at them is pleasurable, I can imagine what pleasure must be eating them!