August 27, 2011

Croissants au Jambon


There's no better way to spend a Saturday than in the kitchen leisurely cooking from breakfast to dinner (and maybe even dessert).  Generally, on a late summer Saturday like today I split my time between the kitchen and the garden.  I weed and water, then return to the kitchen with an arm load of vegetables to check on a simmering pot or a loaf of baking bread.  It's my absolute favorite way to spend the day; and it's what I plan to do today.  But first I'm going to surprise my kids with one of their favorite lunches!

Croissants au Jambon

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry dough (I use Pepperidge Farm because there are no peanut/tree nut allergens listed)
6 thin slices of ham (maple ham is even better, if you can find it!)
6 thin slices of Gruyere cheese ( if you can't find it, use Swiss)
2 Tbsp maple syrup

About an hour before lunch time, set the puff pastry dough out on the counter to thaw.  When it's thawed, preheat you oven to 375 and line a baking pan with parchment paper.  Flour your work surface, dough, and rolling pin, and roll the dough into a rectangle that's approximately 10 inches by 12 inches.  Cut the pastry dough in half lenghtwise; then cut each half into thirds so you have six rectangles.  Brush each rectangle with maple syrup.  Top each with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese.  Roll each rectangle diagonally along the length from corner to corner to form a croissant.  Place them on the baking sheet and brush lightly with the rest of the maple syrup. 



Bake for 18 - 22 minutes, until golden brown and flakey.  Cool about five minutes (if you can wait).

I hope you enjoy them as much as my kids do!  Bon appetit!


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2 comments:

  1. Your croissants sound amazing! I bet the combination of maple syrup with ham and cheese creates the prefect blend between seet and savory. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Gallery.

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  2. These sound so delicious, and they look amazing too! I'm thinking they'd make a nice Sunday brunch / lunch...Thank you for sharing your croissants au jambon with the Gallery of Favorites.

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