croissants aux amandes

We went to Costco to get our winter tires installed today. Since we were at Costco already, we decided to pick up some croissants and a hotdog along the way. Almond croissants are supposed to be made of day-old croissants, the intention was for bakeries to sell their leftovers from the day before. I didn’t want to wait a couple days before making them, so my croissants are a bit softer, but it was fine.

I started off by making the almond cream, or creme d’amandes. It’s a mixture of butter, sugar, almond powder and eggs.

I used an electric mixer and beat the ingredients together until it was fluffy.

We used the big croissants instead of the mini ones. $5.99 for a dozen. I put the remainder in the freezer.

Cut the croissant in half and smear it with the almond cream.

I dipped the croissants into a mixture of cooled sugar water, smeared on some more almond cream and sprinkled some sliced almonds on top.

Lining up to go into the oven. After baking them for about 10 minutes, I set the oven to broil and left them there for another 7 minutes or so.

Last but not least, dust with icing sugar.

I decided to use this corny angle shot because I thought it would be fitting to the vintage French cafe/bakery vibe.