2X Baked Almond Croissants (Updated)

Twice-baked Sourdough Almond Croissants

My sister-in-law requested I make the twice-baked almond croissants for when they came to visit.

My last two attempts had been OK. However, I’ve been disappointed with how the almond cream survived (or in my case didn’t) the second bake.

Time to experiment!

My croissants that I baked this time were some of the best I’ve ever made. The lamination process seemed spot on and the dough felt better than any I remember.

Proved and about to be baked

This time I decided I’d experiment by (1) substituting Frangipane (almond paste) fir the filling and (2) baking them for less time. The French book I’d read called for 25 minutes but other recipes I researched said 5-8.

For these I used 8 minutes.

First I cut the croissants like sandwiches and painted both sides with rum syrup. I was really happy with the look of the crumb.

Adding rum syrup

I then added the frangipane which I had made ahead of time. It is a bit more dense but spread beautifully.

adding frangipane

I reassembled the croissant, used a pastry bag to layer on the almond cream and then added sliced almonds.

With almond cream and almonds ready to bake

This time I baked them for only 8 minutes at 375°F. Once they cooled I added some powdered sugar.

I was really pleased with the outcome. In fact, I was so pleased I had to take one over to some “taste testers” of mine. I think my packaging is a bit over the top.

Boxed to deliver

Naturally I had to conduct a personal taste-test! I admit to being biased…but then again I’m my own harshest critic so it’s OK.


This was a mighty fine attempt on both aspects! Overall result taste and presentation wise was spot on! Love the frangipane on the inside and the cream topping and almonds was superb (and it wasn’t laying in a pool off the croissant)!

Definitely going to repeat with these modifications next time!!

Published by Jim Hayden

Enterprise Transformation Consultant by day; Baker by night! Learning all the time! Iterative and incremental improvement always!

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