Whole wheat croissants

Yield: 24 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 tablespoons Yeast
¾ cup Water, warm
1¾ cup Whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup Water
1½ tablespoon Honey
2 cups Butter, 1/2\" pieces
1 \N Egg
1 tablespoon Water

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.

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