I owe someone this recipe. Sorry it took me a while to post it, Mr. C.
Please let me know who they turn out :)
Ingredients for the detempre (dough):
- 1 1/4 cup warm milk, about 105-110F
- 1 package active dry yeast, about 2 teaspoons
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
Ingredients for the beurrage (butter block):
- 1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, preferably European style like Plugra or Kerrygold
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- Oil for frying
- To make the detrempe: Sprinkle yeast and sugar onto warm milk, give a little stir with a spoon, and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes until the yeast becomes foamy. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and salt, then add yeast mixture and egg into the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together with your hand until well mixed. Please do not over handling the dough, just give it enough mixing until all of the ingredients are well blended. Transfer the dough to a floured surface, knead a little bit more and shape it into a ball. The dough will be sticky and spread out a little bit. Place the dough ball on a floured parchment paper, and refrigerate while you're making the barrage.
- To make the beurrage: Using a mixer, mix butter and flour until smooth. Transfer butter mixture onto a plastic wrap, shaping it into a flat square. Wrap the butter and refrigerate until the butter is firmer, about 20 minutes.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin circle. Place the butter block in the center of the dough. Stretching the dough with your hand, pull the top part of the dough, and fold it to cover the butter. Repeat the process with the bottom, left and right part of the dough, until you get a square envelope. Flip the square over, so that the flaps are facing down.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten and roll out the dough into a large rectangle, sprinkle more flour if necessary. Fold the dough into thirds, by folding left and right side to the center. Transfer dough onto a lined baking sheet, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
- Repeat the process of rolling the dough into rectangle, letter fold, and refrigerate for 20 minutes in between foldings. In total, do 3 letter folds before final rolling and cutting.