Cinnamon Crunch Croissant Cereal

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Earlier this summer I made pancake cereal with little teeny tiny pancakes.  Then there was the miniature oatmeal chocolate chip cereal.  Now, let me introduce you to these adorable miniscule croissants.

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Look how cute!

When I saw this recipe by @chefsteps, I knew immediately that I had to make this!  

These were made with store bought dough.  I purchased croissant dough that comes in a sheet form.

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As I read through the recipe, it called for a dehydrator to make the tasty little cereal extra crispy.  Because I don’t own dehydrator (and didn’t plan on purchasing one anytime soon), I decided to go ahead and make the adorable little croissants, and then dry them in the oven on a low heat.  It worked like a charm:).

After making mini pancake cereal, and mini cookie cereal, I was excited to add these little cuties to my répertoire!

Ingredients:

1 tube of croissant dough

Ingredients for  cinnamon sugar water:

  • 1/2 cup water (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (crushed)

Instructions for cinnamon water:

Crush the cinnamon sticks with a meat mallot, rolling pin, or the back of a small saucepan.  Place them in a saucepan with the water and sugar.  Heat just until the water boils, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool.  After the mixture cools, place it in a spray bottle.  This will be used to spray on the croissants after the first bake.  I recommend using a very fine sieve to remove all the cinnamon bits.  Any pieces of cinnamon will clog the spray bottle.  

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Ingredients for egg wash:

  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water (22 grams)

Whisk together the egg, egg yolk, salt and water.  Strain this to make it smoothe.  This will make the egg wash. This will be gently brushed on the croissants before the first bake.  Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Line baking pan(s) with parchment paper.  I used two because I couldn’t get them all on one:).

Open dough and lay flat on lightly floured work surface.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut strips that are 2 1/4″ long x 1″ wide.  Cut each rectangle into two triangles.  Cut a small slit at the bottom of the triangle.  This will help it to keep the classic croissant shape. 

IMG_8327IMG_8328IMG_8341 Roll the wide end to meet the pointed end.  Place the croissants on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat until all the croissants are rolled.  Refrigerate the croissants for 20 minutes.  This helps them keep their shape while brushing on the egg wash.

After refrigerating the dough, gently brush the egg wash over the entire croissant.  Once the croissants are completely coated with egg wash bake them in the preheated 375° oven and bake for 15 minutes.  They should be a dark golden brown.

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Remove the croissants from the oven and liberally spray them with the cinnamon sugar.  Be sure to spray all the sides.

Place croissants back in the oven for 5 minutes.  This will set the glaze.  If you want a crispier cereal, turn your oven to 170° F.  Once the oven reaches this temperature, turn the oven off and place the croissants in the oven for an hour.

Place cooled cereal in an airtight container or enjoy right away.  I drizzled my cereal with honey and fresh strawberries, but any fruit (or none at all) would be fine.

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I hope you make this fun and delicious cereal, and if you do please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Coffee Doughnuts

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I know a lot of people like to eat their doughnuts with a nice tall glass of cold milk.  I’m one of those people, but sometimes I like to eat my doughnut with a cup of hot black coffee.

These doughnuts give you a the best of both worlds by adding instant coffee to the  dough.  This gives a subtle taste of brew that’s quite pleasant, even if you’re not a coffee lover.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) plus 1 teaspoon (4 grams) active dry yeast 
  • 1 cup whole milk (240 grams), heated to 105-110°
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour (340 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (25 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (57 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (3 grams)*
  •  Peanut oil (for frying)

*These doughnuts can be made without the instant coffee and can be cut with a regular size doughnut cutter.

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk until warm (do not boil).  Heat to 105-110° F.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the yeast with 3/4 cup of the warm milk and stir to dissolve the yeast.  Add 3/4 cup of the flour and stir.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of yeast with the remaining 1/4 cup milk.  Add the rested flour/yeast mixture along with the vanilla and egg yolks.  Mix on low until the ingredients are incorporated and the dough is smooth (about 30 seconds).   Add 1 cup of flour, along with the sugar and salt. Mix on medium until the dough starts to come together, about 30 seconds. Add the butter and mix on medium until it’s incorporated, about 30 seconds.
Remove the paddle attachment from the mixer, and switch to the dough hook.  Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, and the instant coffee.
Knead the dough on a medium speed until it completely pulls away from the bowl and is smooth and not too sticky (about 1 minute).  The dough will be very soft, but not so sticky that you can’t roll it out.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place for 1 hour.  After an hour has passed, gently press down on the dough to remove any air bubbles.  At this point you can roll out the dough (or chill the dough, covered, for up 24 hours).
When you are ready to roll out the dough, line 2 baking sheets with parchment and lightly dust with flour.  Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough to a 1/2-3/4 inch thickness.  Using doughnut or cookie cutters, cut out 2 to 2 1/2-inch-diameter rounds. Cut out a small hole in the middle using the end of a pastry tip (or any other item you have that is about 3/4-1 inch).
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Arrange the doughnuts on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between them.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap or linen towel, and let them rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 15 to 20 minutes.
In a heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer, heat at least 2 inches of oil until a thermometer registers 350° F.  Working in batches, use a slotted metal spoon or spatula to carefully place the doughnuts in the hot oil.  Cook until light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side.  When done, transfer to a wire rack. Make sure to return the oil to 350 degrees F. between batches.

Chocolate Glaze for Doughnuts:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (120 grams)
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (optional)
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted (113 grams)

Glaze Instructions:

Melt the chocolate in the microwave (per chocolate instructions), or in a double boiler.  If you don’t have a double boiler, simply place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering, not boiling water.  Stir until the chocolate has melted and is smooth.

In a bowl mix together the powdered sugar, milk, coffee (optional) and vanilla until smooth.  Whisk in the melted chocolate until smooth.

 

Let the doughnuts cool slightly before glazing.  Dip the top of the doughnut into the glaze.  Sprinkle with jimmies (optional).  Enjoy, with a cold glass of milk, a hot cup of coffee, or with a glass of iced coffee (check out my Iced Coffee and doughnut post).

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Look at how enjoyable this is!!

Enjoy!!
I hope you make these, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos:)!!