Bring the taste of bakery-made croissants to your home in less than an hour! These Bakery Style Almond Croissants are so flaky and crispy on the outside, and so delicious and moist on the inside!
You would be surprised to know that they’re actually made from stale croissants. Yes, you read that correctly. This is your day-old stale croissant hack. So next time you have guests over for breakfast, or even for brunch, make these yummy croissants and I guarantee you, their jaws will hit the floor (but not really because they’ll be busy chewing on these delectable pastries).
The Best Bakery Style Almond Croissant!
Why Day-Old Croissants?
This Almond Croissants recipe requires day-old, stale croissants, and for a good reason! Honestly speaking, fresh croissants might be hard to handle. Whereas stale croissants won’t crumble when you slice them open, and they will also better absorb the sugar syrup that is being poured over them.
What Is the Filling Made of?
There are actually 2 ways to go about this. You can either use whole almonds or almond flour. So if you decide to go for whole almonds, add sugar, almonds, and salt to a food processor. When they’re finely ground, add butter, mix, then add the eggs and mix again until you get a fluffy texture.
If you’re using almond flour, add sugar, almond flour, and salt, then mix. After that, add the butter, then add the eggs one by one. Mix well until your mixture is fluffy.
So Flaky and Crispy!
What to Serve with Almond Croissants
There is nothing better than having a variety of French pastries on your table whether it’s for your guests or yourself. Macarons, pain au chocolat, or éclaire, you have a long list you could choose from.
If you’re looking to pair it with something fresh, you could do a scoop of ice cream on the side. The best part about this is that you could have different flavors for more options.
And finally, since your flaky almond croissants are not so sweet, you could serve them with jam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although it’s always better to make them fresh, you can freeze them! All you have to do is wrap each one in plastic wrap then place them in a Ziplock bag or a container and they should last around a month.
That’s the best part of it! You can store almond croissants for your later sweet tooth cravings. If kept in an airtight container or plastic bag, you can expect them to stay fresh, buttery, and flaky for up to 3 days.
You can make the almond filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. So, now you have the filling ready, all you have to do is to stuff the filling in croissants and bake them.
Don’t add too much almond cream as the croissant might get soggy! I recommend that you use 2 tablespoons for each one.
Don’t serve it when it’s fresh out of the oven, wait at least 5 minutes for it to cool down. I promise you it tastes so much better.
To ensure that your croissants remain crispy, let them cool on a wire rack, not on a baking sheet.
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What You’ll Need to Make Easy Almond Croissants
Homemade almond croissants taste just as good as the ones bought from the bakery. So let’s have a look at the ingredients you will need to make these bakery-style croissants:
Croissants: No need to make them from scratch! A bag of stale croissants from the grocery store is perfect to get the crispy exterior.
Almond Flour: Almond flour is the star ingredient of these French pastries. Adjust the amount of almond flour for a lighter or thicker consistency.
Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar will be your sweetener for the almond filling and the simple syrup.
Vanilla Extract: To make the best almond croissant, you need a combination of vanilla and almond extract, which perfectly complement one another.
Egg: An egg is necessary to bind your almond filling. It is recommended that you use room-temperature eggs for the best results!
Unsalted butter: I know how much everyone admires the creamy and ooey-gooey texture of these almond croissants, and yes, all thanks to unsalted butter.
Steps To Prep
Homemade almond croissants are so crispy, buttery, and flaky: exactly how they’re supposed to be! So here is the easy almond croissants recipe for you to enjoy at any time of the day!
First, combine the sugar syrup ingredients in a pan on the stovetop until the sugar is melted. Or you could microwave instead. Once melted, then set aside.
Then, add the room-temperature butter and mix well; you can use a spatula or your hand to help.
Next, add the egg, and mix well again before adding the vanilla extract.
Slice the croissants in half, either all the way or enough to make a pocket.
Brush the inside of the croissant with about 1 tablespoon of the syrup.
After that, spoon a few tablespoons of the butter inside and then close the croissant.
Place all of the filled croissants on a lined baking tray, and brush the top of the croissants with the remaining almond cream.
Finally, add sliced almonds and bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes or until the almonds are golden brown.
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Bakery Style Almond Croissants
- 4 large day-old croissants
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- Drizzle of almond or vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Combine the sugar syrup ingredients in a pan on the stovetop until the sugar is melted. Or you could microwave instead. Once melted, then set aside.
- Add the room-temperature butter and mix well; you can use a spatula or your hand to help.
- Add the egg, and mix well again before adding the vanilla extract.
- Slice the croissants in half, either all the way or enough to make a pocket.
- Brush the inside of the croissant with about 1 tablespoon of the syrup.
- Spoon a few tablespoons of the butter inside and then close the croissant.
- Place all of the filled croissants on a lined baking tray, and brush the top of the croissants with the remaining almond cream.
- Add sliced almonds and bake at 350℉ for 12-15 minutes or until the almonds are golden brown.
- Don’t add too much almond cream as the croissant might get soggy! It is recommended that you use 2 tablespoons for each one.
- Don’t serve it when it’s fresh out of the oven, wait at least 5 minutes for it to cool down. I promise you it tastes so much better!
- To ensure that your croissants remain crispy, let them cool on a wire rack, not on a baking sheet.