Flat Croissants: The Viral Trend Taking Bakeries by Storm

What Are Flat Croissants?

Flat croissants are exactly what they sound like, croissants that have been flattened. This technique compresses the layers, creating a unique texture and appearance. The result is a pastry that retains a traditional croissant’s rich buttery flavor but with a crispier, more compact form. Day-old croissants are typically used for this tasty treat but you can also bake them with a weight to achieve a flat appearance.

What Started This Trend?

Like many new food trends, flat croissants gained popularity through social media. Food bloggers and influencers began sharing their creations, showcasing the texture of these pastries with different unique and colorful toppings. The trend quickly caught on, with bakeries around the world experimenting with their own versions eventually making it into your local NYC bakeries!

What Makes Flat Croissants So Popular?

  • Novelty: People love trying new and innovative food items. The unique look and texture of flat croissants offer a fresh twist on a beloved classic.
  • Versatility: Flat croissants can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. They can be eaten plain, filled with sweet or savory fillings, or even used as a base for sandwiches.
  • Visual Appeal: The visually striking appearance of flat croissants makes them perfect for sharing across social media platforms.
  • Texture: The flattening process creates a crispy exterior while maintaining the flaky layers inside.

How to Make Flat Croissants

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Croissants or Store-bought pre-baked croissants.
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon Sugar (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Bake Frozen Croissants:Place frozen croissants on a baking tray.
  2. Flatten: Place a layer of parchment paper over the croissants followed by another sheet tray to flatten them down while they bake.
  3. Bake: Bake Your mini croissants at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Cook: Heat Butter in a saucepan. Spread honey on both sides of the Croissant. Place croissant into simmering butter & press down with a fork. Cook until golden brown. (Skip Honey for Cinnamon Sugar)
  5. Serve: Remove the flat croissant from the press and let it cool slightly. Enjoy plain, toss them in cinnamon sugar, or dip them in your favorite chocolate.

Check out the video below for a step-by step tutorial

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