Makes 12 pastries
2 2/5 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
4/5 cup warm water
1 3/4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and in a block
1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1. Add active dry yeast to warm water and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
2. Place flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast and water mixture, salt, and melted butter. Knead the dough for about 12 minutes. (If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix on medium speed for about 7 minutes.)
3. On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a ball. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with cling wrap. Allow dough to rise for one hour.
4. Shape the cold butter into a 5 1/2" square by placing butter between two sheets of wax paper and beating with a rolling pin. Keep the square of butter chilled in refrigerator until ready to use.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 8" square. Put the square of butter on the center of the dough diagonally. Each side of the butter should face a corner of the dough. Fold the corners of the dough over the butter, as if folding an envelope.
6. Roll the dough into an 18x6" rectangle. Fold the bottom third of the dough up over the middle, and then fold the top third of the dough over. The resulting dough will have three layers of butter and dough. This completes the first turn. Wrap dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
7. Repeat the turning process two more times, chilling the dough for 30 minutes between each turn.
8. Roll the dough into an 18x6" rectangle. Sprinkle dough with the 1/2 cup of sugar. Fold dough into thirds again. Now, roll the dough into a 16x12" rectangle. Sprinkle extra sugar over the dough and cut into 12 squares.
9. Grease a muffin tin with oil. Place each square of dough into the muffin tin, pulling the corners of the dough to the center of the tin. The dough should appear like a four-leaf clover.
10. Sprinkle pastries with additional sugar and allow to rise in a warm spot, covered with a light towel, for 30 minutes.
11. Preheat oven to 425 F. Bake pastries for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. You may need to cover the pastries with foil halfway through if they are browning too much. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. Be careful not to leave in the pan for too long, as the caramelized sugar will harden and stick to the pan.
12. Serve warm or cool. Pastries are best the day they are baked.
|Mix dough and allow to rise for one hour. Then roll dough into a square, placing the square of butter on top.|
|Fold dough over the butter, as if folding an envelope.|
|Roll dough into a large rectangle, cut into 12 squares, and sprinkle with more sugar. I used cinnamon sugar on half of my pastries.|
|Place pastries into muffin tin, pulling the corners two the center, so that pastries resemble four-leaf clovers.|
|Bake for 30-40 minutes at 425 F, and enjoy!|
-Posted by Jennifer
-Original recipe available at http://www.thedaringkitchen.com/recipe/kouign-amann