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HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CROISSANTS // CLASSIC, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE | Recipes by Mary's Test Kitchen

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The time has come for vegan croissants! Flaky and crispy on the outside, tender and delectable on the inside, the dairy-free version of the classic French pastry is easier to make than one might believe. In this recipe tutorial, I’ll share the basic methods of how to make croissant dough, how to prepare the vegan butter square, how to laminate the dough to create the layers within the croissant pastry, and how to cut and shape the dough. From there, you can make classic, plain buttery croissants, cheese croissants, chocolate hazelnut croissants, and the magnificent chocolate croissant AKA pain au chocolat.

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–Vegan Croissant Ingredients–
For croissant dough:
500g all purpose flour (4 cups)
7g instant yeast (1 envelope or 2 1/4 teaspoon)
55g sugar (1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon)
12g salt (2 teaspoons)
140ml water, cold (1 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp)
140ml plant-based milk, cold (1 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp)
40g vegan butter (room temperature, softened)

For “butter” square:
227g vegan butter (2 sticks) very cold

Equipment:
Mixing bowl (you may use a stand mixer)
rolling pin
ruler
sharp knife or pizza slicer
parchment or wax paper
Optional 1 – 2 large resealable bags such as freezer bags.

–Making Croissants Timing–
Start 3 days before you plan to serve your croissants
(2 days possible, 3 recommended, up to 6 days in advance)

Day 1 – Make dough & butter square
Day 2 – Laminate (roll out and fold 3 times, waiting at least 30 minutes between each “turn”)
Day 3 – Shape dough, let rise (2 hours), and bake (about 30 minutes total)

–For all Croissants–
Brush with maple syrup wash before baking. Use 1 tablespoon maple syrup + 2 tablespoons water.

–For Vegan Cheese Croissants–
Add about 2 tablespoons vegan cheese shreds for EACH cheese croissant. Vegan parmesan optional.

–For Vegan Chocolate Croissants or Vegan Pain Au Chocolat–
Add 2 thin bars of vegan dark chocolate or vegan milk chocolate for EACH chocolate pastry.

After baking and cooling, you can make chocolate glaze. Use 1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips + 1/2 teaspoon REFINED coconut oil – melt together in microwave using 15 second intervals to avoid over-heating. Mix and drizzle. You can also use vegan white chocolate in the same way.

–Baking Vegan Croissants–
Preheat oven to 400°F. When completely preheated, place the parchment lined baking sheet full of risen & syrup washed croissants inside.
10 minutes @ 400°F
20 minutes @ 350°F
It is very important to check on the croissants 5 minutes before they should be done. Many household ovens can run hotter or cooler than the dial indicates so this can affect the baking time. The croissants are done when they have a deep golden colour on top. They will be nicely browned on the bottom too but NOT burnt.

You can enjoy your fresh homemade vegan croissants soon afterwards but be warned, they will be HOT! You can add more syrup wash just before taking pictures to make them shiny (as if they have egg wash) but the glistening effect does not last.
A light brushing of syrup wash also helps to stick on other toppings. While the wash is still a little wet, add a sprinkling of vegan parmesan, nutritional yeast, and/or black truffle salt to really make your vegan croissants fancy!
Finally, if you’re going to add chocolate glaze, wait until the sweet croissants or pain au chocolat closer to room temperature.
Enjoy!

The vegan croissant dough portion of this recipe is adapted from this non-vegan croissant recipe: https://www.weekendbakery.com/posts/classic-french-croissant-recipe/

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41 thoughts on “HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CROISSANTS // CLASSIC, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE | Recipes by Mary's Test Kitchen

  1. 😍😍😍🤤🤤🤤 I’m just praying I’m too lazy to make these 😩 I have a bathing suit to wear soon.damn these look amazing & I’ve never eaten a vegan croissant!

  2. I loved watching this, and knew the end product would be amazing, but I still felt soooo anxious at points where if I was the one making these, the dough would almost certainly have stuck to the counter or torn or been ruined in some way. xD

  3. YUMMO! I do not think I realised just how attractive, drool worthy and inspiring the sights and sounds of croissants were to me until I watched this video. I knew what was entailed in making them vegan but it was a complete joy to watch you birth them from conception.
    Than-q for all of your hard work. As one who has lived with a chronic pain disease for going on 21 years that affects my primary hand, arm and neck more than any other parts of my body, I so appreciate the mental and physical strength it can sometimes take to pour a bowl of cereal and drink water. Your sharing the recipes you develop and parts of your life and story likely touch people in ways you cannot imagine.
    Keep doing all you do. You are changing lives in your own unique way.
    With peace, gratitude, love and healing light! XO

  4. Thank you so much for the hard work you do. You have so much talent. I love watching….one day when I'm being very ambitious I will try this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. @Mary's Test Kitchen
    Hi, Mary: Have you ever tried placing butter scotch flavored morsel chips, butter with cinnamon and sugar mix in the middle of the dough and bake? I remember having that in middle school during cooking class. So good!!! 😋

  6. Im definitely using this recipe for our anniversary party! Omg you made my day! I can just imagine a wonderful build it yourself sandwich bar for guests! Yum!

  7. This looks amazing! Thank you for all your hard work! I miss croissants. The grocery store I used to work at had bake your own frozen croissants. They were made in San Francisco if I remember correctly. You haven't lived until you've had fresh out of the oven croissants. I will definitely being giving these go. ☺️

  8. You are just so extra with those chocolate ones. LOL But you had me at cheese croissants. So, you didn't like the chocolate ones? hehehe I have so much to learn to make GF. 🙂

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