You can totally make bakery-style almond croissants in just 25 minutes! This easy, cheat’s version uses store-bought croissants and a few baking cupboard staples to make the French pastry classic with minimal effort.
It seriously is so easy to turn basic, store-bought croissants into enviable French bakery-style almond croissants. There’s just something about tearing into a perfectly flaky and crispy on the outside, soft, gooey and buttery on the inside almond croissant. They’re the perfect fun brunch dish for the weekend and can be prepped in advance.
I love recipes where you can turn one thing into something else to reduce food waste, and these croissants are a great example of that. They take about 25 minutes from start to finish and are just as delicious as anything you’d find at a bakery. Plus, they’re a whole lot cheaper!
There are only a handful of easy-to-find ingredients you’ll need to make almond croissants – the only thing you might not already have is almond flour.
- Croissants. They don’t have to be stale – but this is a wonderful, zero-waste way to use up any croissants you may have left over.
- Almond flour. This forms the base of the almond frangipane. It’s also called almond meal, and you’ll find it in the baking aisle of your supermarket. You can also blitz whole almonds in a food processor if you can’t find it. You could also switch them out for pistachios or cashews if you like.
- Butter. You ideally want to use unsalted butter so you can control the salt level, but if you do use salted, just give it a taste and reduce the added salt if it’s already quite salty.
- Sugar. You’ll need regular white or caster sugar for the simple sugar syrup and almond frangipane, and icing sugar to sprinkle over the baked croissants.
- Flaked almonds. This is to top the croissants with, but you could also use whole almonds and just crush them.
- Vanilla and almond extract. These two provide an extra layer of flavour, so try not to skip them.
How to make them
Start by making a simple sugar syrup. That’s as easy as mixing sugar, water and a little vanilla extract in a small pot over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then, make the almond frangipane. Get sugar and butter in a bowl and mix them together well with a spoon. Go in with the almond flour, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract and a little salt. Mix it together so it forms a smooth paste.
Slice your croissants in half. You can either brush the simple syrup onto the inside of the croissants or carefully (the syrup may still be hot) dip them into the syrup. I tend to go for dipping because I find it quicker. Smooth the almond frangipane onto a syrup-soaked sliced croissant, then place the other half on top. Brush the top with more syrup, then smooth over more frangipane. Scatter with flaked almonds then bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle over icing sugar once they come out of the oven, then serve while warm, gooey and delicious.
Got a question?
They’ll keep well for 3 days stored at room temperature in an airtight container. You can give them a little blast in the microwave to freshen them up, or pop them in the oven at 180C/350F for 8 minutes.
You can just leave it out! It just intensifies the almond flour, but they’ll still be great without it.
Yes! They freeze really well. Make sure they’re cool before you pop them into the freezer – I like to store them in zip-lock bags. Then you can just heat them in the oven for 10 minutes at 180C/350F for 10 minutes and you’ll have perfect almond croissants whenever you need them. They’ll be fine for at least 3 months stored in this way.
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