Help with exterior of Croissants
first off sorry if this is in the wrong catogory, I didn't see a forum for laminate dough.
So I have been working at a bakery for the past 2 months working with laminate dough. I had absolutely no laminate dough experience though a fair amount of culinary training. I'm baking in Oregon, so it is not super warm but gets above 80 somewhat regularly. I seem to be able to deal with the heat well enough but I'm having a really rough time since the outside of my croissants are somewhat "tough." I have changed egg wash, going from egg and cream to egg and water (At bosses request) and it didn't fix anything. I'm very careful with the amount of flour that goes into the dough as well as the amount I use on the counter when I roll out. The crumb is beautiful, exactly as it should be. It's just that darn exterior. Here is my procedure:
- Make Dough (I work with 25lb at a time) It is soft but still slightly tacky.
- Proof at room temp 2 hours
- Store in Walk-in overnight
The next day
- Roll out using Rondo in 4 batches, Rolling out 3 trifolds, Trifold a 4th time but not rolling out.
- wrap in plastic wrap
- Store overnight in walk-in
- Take pillow and flatten so it will fit in Rondo. (The marking is 30 on the machine, so probably 30mm high?)
- Light dusting of flour on all sides.
- Roll through, reshaping as needed and flouring top and bottom once. Down to 2 3/4.
Once I have rolled it out, I move it to a wood bench LIGHTLY floured. Here is where I cut and shape them. Each pillow takes me around 10 minutes to get to this point, then 20ish to cut and shape.
After all the pastries are shaped (Croissants, Bear Claws and Pan Chocolate) They go into a proofer for 2 hours. We proof at 90 degrees with humidity at 60. I share the proofer with the bread baker, so this is not really changeable.
Once they have proofed for 2 hours they get egg washed then baked at 307 for 24 minutes, turning at halfway.
It is ONLY the croissants that are tough on the outside, none of the other desserts have this issue. They are not hard on the outside, which would indicate too much flour... I'm really stumped. I've tried alternating my egg wash thicker and thinner.... I'm wondering if I need to bake higher (one of the old croissant bakers baked at 315) so that the steam from the butter evaporates quicker?
The dough/procure really can't be altered much, it's the way this bakery has done it for 35 years. I'm assuming there is just something little that I am doing/not doing that needs to be changed.
I know this is a long post, but let me know if you have any advice. Thank you!!!