Not having a job is boring! Without an alarm I’m waking up between 530 and 6 every morning (weird since I had such a hard time getting up for work) and I seriously have nothing to do. I am so used to barley having any spare time that I really don’t know what to do with myself. I’ve been pretending to be a housewife in training working out with my mom everyday, and then doing all the baby errands with my sister. Yesterday I learned about strollers and cribs… that was fun for about 5 minutes.
So I baked. I need more people to be giving all the baking way to, since my family cannot keep up with my supply. I’ve been trying to make more time-consuming things so the baked goods don’t pile up as quickly. Also… I really like the challenge. Day 1 of unemployment: Kouing – Aman.
They are awesome! I started them sunday and they were baked off monday morning. They are crunchy and have the right amount of sugar (only on the outside, not in the dough) and naturally caramelize. They smell fantastic… like butter and sugar and bread all at the same time. My mom has requested that this dough always be in the fridge to be baked off on demand. They are her new favorite.
I used the recipe from Martha Stewart. It was very easy to follow. The only part that threw me off was the tart rings, which I only have one of. Instead I greased ramekins and placed them upside-down over the shaped pastry as they rose and removed them before baking.
Recipe (Martha Stewart)
- 1 3/4 cups room temperature mineral water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fleur de sel (sea salt)
- 1 pound (4 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons high-fat unsalted butter, chilled, plus more melted butter for tart rings
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed fresh yeast
- 3 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
- In a small bowl, combine mineral water and salt. Let stand until salt has dissolved. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine flour and the melted butter on low speed. Add water-and-salt mixture, and continue to mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add yeast, and mix for 1 minute more.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch the dough down, wrap in plastic, and place on a baking sheet. Chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Meanwhile, on a Silpat (a French nonstick baking mat) or parchment paper, roll the remaining 1 pound butter into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Wrap in parchment paper, and return to refrigerator until chilled, about 30 minutes. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to an 18-inch square. Center the chilled butter rectangle on the dough so that each side of the butter faces a corner of the dough.
- Fold the corners of the dough over the butter to enclose. Seal the edges by pinching them together. Roll the dough into a 24-by-8-inch rectangle. Fold the dough into thirds, aligning the edges carefully and brushing off any excess flour. (The object is to ensure that the butter is distributed evenly throughout so that the pastry will puff evenly when baked.) Wrap the dough in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes; this completes one turn.
- Repeat process once, then repeat process twice, dusting the work surface and the dough with sugar, and using 1 1/2 cups for each turn. You will now have completed four turns.
- Using a pastry brush, brush 15 ring molds (3 1/2 by 3/4 inches) with melted butter. Transfer to prepared baking sheets, and set aside. Remove dough from refrigerator. On a lightly sugared surface, roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Cut into 15 squares (4 1/4 inches). Fold up the corners of one square toward the center; repeat process. Lightly press to adhere. Turn square over, and gently coat with sugar. Invert, and place in a prepared ring mold. Repeat with remaining squares.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Let rise in a warm place until puffed, 30 to 40 minutes.
- Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
- Immediately remove ring molds, and place on a wire rack until completely cooledCheck out other yummy yeasty treats at yeast spotting