Thursday, January 30, 2014

National Croissant Day - January 30th

Today is National Croissant Day! According to, croissants were invented by the Turks, not the French. Wikipedia says they originated in Vienna, Austria. Who's right? (Who knows!)

My mother-in-law has a recipe she uses to make crescent-shaped rolls. They aren't true croissants, because the dough isn't "laminated," but in my opinion, they're better! (Note how the "recipe comment" below gives a little bit of family history -- these are the things that will make your cookbook special!)

Dinner Rolls

3 pkgs. dry yeast (not quick rising)

1/2 C. warm water
1 C. milk
3/4 C. margarine
3/4 C. sugar
5 eggs
6 3/8 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions: Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, melted margarine and sugar. Then add the beaten eggs, flour and salt. Let rise once until doubled (1 1/2-2 hrs.). Shape as desired or roll out about 1/3 of the dough at a time into a 12” circle; brush the surface with melted butter. Cut in 16 pie-shaped pieces and roll (starting at the wide end). Place in greased cookie sheet. Let rise again until doubled. Bake at 350-375º about until done (watch closely). May be kept in the refrigerator after first rising for a week and used as needed.

Comments: "I started years ago trying to make rolls like Grandma G. made – these were so light. I’ve never duplicated their light texture, but I keep trying."

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