Yield: 24 servings
|¾ cup||Water, warm|
|1¾ cup||Whole wheat pastry flour|
|2 cups||Butter, 1/2\" pieces|
Combine yeast and warm water, stirring a little to dissolve yeast.
Let sit about 10 minutes. Add ½ of flour; add water and honey; whisk until smooth. Cover bowl and let stand 1½ hours.
Combine remaining flour with butter, and flatten butter pieces. Pour yeast batter into flour mixture; fold together with spatula; just moisten flour without breaking butter pieces.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Pat dough down and roll into a 18" x 12" rectangle; if too sticky, sprinkle with flour. Use a metal spatula to fold ⅓ of dough toward center; then fold from other side, ⅓ of dough over first ⅓. Lift folded dough off work surface, and scrape surface clean. Sprinkle work area with flour and repeat, rolling and folding 3 more times. Dough must be hard; if not, freeze for 45 minutes.
Pat dough into rectangle. Cut into parts, 1 part for each 4 croissants. For instance, for 24 croissants: cut in ½ lengthwise, then cut each half into 3 pieces, for a total of 6 (4x6=24). Work with one piece at a time, holding others in refrigerator until ready to use. Roll each piece individually into 5 ½" x 14" rectangles.
Cut into two 5 ½" x 7" pieces. Cut each piece diagonally to form 4 triangles; roll from wide end to point. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Curve ends to crescent shape.
Beat egg with water; brush croissants with this and set them aside 1 hour. Reglaze with egg/water mixture. Bake at 375 degrees until puffed and brown. Let cool slightly and serve.