Moms Wheat Croissants with Ham and Melted Cheese

#TributeToMom #WorldBreadDay #WorldFoodDay

As a tribute to my Mom today I am also giving attention to World Bread Day. I have baked Moms special Wheat Flour Croissants, Restaurant Style.

My mothers Wheat Flower Croissants are the best. They are served with ham and cheese and heated for some seconds so the cheese melts. One Croissant is like a whole meal. For ten years my mom and dad run a Mission Hotel, Havly  in the North of Norway, in Båtsfjord. Every day the café would be full of guests and they wanted my mothers croissants with the melted cheese, it could be someone´s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Using my mothers recipes there is as always huge quantities of all ingredients. One batch: 7, 5 kg wheat flour, 4 l milk, 6 eggs, 450 g yeast, 6 tsp salt, 4 dl sugar. This is what would be possible to mix in a restaurant kitchen machine as one batch. I was not sure how many croissants this would make. So I decided to make a batch dividing all by six. Each croissant should be 150 grams before baking. So tonight I have even weighed all to make them exactly like my mom would do in the restaurant kitchen.

They turned out perfect and tastes exactly like I remember. So I feel pretty pleased. My batch made 14 croissants the perfect size!

Ingredients:

  • 1, 25 kg wheat flour (room temperature)
  • 6, 6 dl milk (room temperature)
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 75 g dry yeast
  • 0, 6 dl sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Before baking: 1 egg for eggwash before baking, sesame seeds or/and poppy seeds to sprinkle over

Instructions:

Take out all ingredients in advance to get room temperature

Pour the flower in the mixing bowl

Add the yeast to the flower, stir and let it rest for 10 minutes

Mix the milk, sugar, salt and egg i a separate bowl

Add the liquid to the flower and yeast in the mixing bowl and start the mixer.

Mix for at least ten minutes, until the dough let go of the edges and is smooth and shiny.

If you don´t have a kitchen machine to mix with, use your hands until you have the same consistency.

Place the dough in a bowl to rise. Cover with a cloth and leave it to rise until it is at least double size. How long that takes can be varying from 30 minutes to an hour. Do not rush it if you want great croissants.

When the dough has risen enough: Divide the dough into 600 g parts.

Roll out each part to a round flat bread. Divide into four which will be 150 g for each croissant.

You will now have four triangles from one round ball of dough that you rolled out.

Start to roll up the croissant.

You start from the wider end and roll towards the tip.

Place the tip underneath so it stays in shape as it should rise again and be baked.

Place the rolled up croissants on baking sheets on baking pans.

Allow to rise for another 30 minutes.

Brush with egg wash

Sprinkle sesame seeds or/and poppy seeds over if you like. I did some with sesame seeds, some with poppy seeds and some without.

Bake in the oven at 225 Celsius Degrees for 12 minutes (that is my oven). Place them in the lower part so they do not get too dark on top.

Take out of the oven a cool on a cooling rack.

You can now enjoy your Wheat Flour Croissants as a whole meal at once or freeze them to take out when you want to serve them.

Serve:

Cut in half and spread with butter.

Place slices of ham and cheese on the bottom half and put the top back on.

Place on a plate and heat for 40 seconds in the microwave oven.

The cheese will melt to the right consistency and the croissant will be the perfect consistency. Do not microwave longer since that will wreck the croissant!

Tribute To Mom

These are pictures from the Mission Hotel Havly in Båtsfjord in Norway where my mom was a Chef and dad the Manager from 1994-2004.

What is World Bread Day?

It is the theme for World Food Day 2020 which marks the 75th anniversary of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations http://www.fao.org/about/en/ Collective action across 150 countries is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. The goal of this day is to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. World Bread Day is celebrated on October 16 to commemorate the anniversary of the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO was created in 1945 to defeat hunger. Its has a Latin motto, Fiat panis, which is translated as “Let there be bread”.

Mom was a Chef and Chefs around the Globe has a Manifesto for the food security of the world and those who hunger. And also for sustainable living.

Food is life

The Chefs Manifesto

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