3 Mar 2015

Croissants zum verlieben

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Croissants to fall in love with ❤ with 'Süßer Geist', apple slices & Brie de Meaux

It's still cold, we are still surrounded by snow, which means we still want cozy & warm dishes here in Braunlage!
Today we will share a recipe with both local and far far away ingredients, all combined in a lovely breakfast meal for two. Also fun to prepare this with kids, since it's simple and fast.

The base ingredient are freshly baked croissants from our local bakery & bread-delivery-partner 'Bäckerei Anders'. These flakey, buttery and airy croissants are big and gorgeous, it *almost* doesn't need any topping at all ;)
But for this recipe you can use any fresh croissant of course. Or bake your own!

Now on to the ingredients.

❧ From the kitchen of Villa Brockenhexe ❧
This recipe serves: 2 portions
Oven temp: 200 °C (400 °F. Gas 6)
Ingredients

⌘ 2 fresh croissants
⌘ 1 1/2 - 2 organic apples (depends on the size of the apple and core)
⌘ juice from 1/2 lemon
⌘ 8-10 whole almonds
⌘ 2 tablespoons 'Süßer Geist' or any other elderberry jelly
⌘ 1/2 block of Brie de Meaux (approx. 80 grams)


Crush or chop your almonds in crumbs, this can be quick in a food processor, just chop them with a 
sharp knife or crush them in a sealed bag with a rolling pin. Make sure it doesn't turn into almond flour, the crumbs should be quite large to pack that nice crunch when you bite into the croissant!

Slice the apples in thin slices and cut them to pieces to fit the croissant, or punch shapes with cookie cutters like I did. :) Just because it's fun!
Pre-heat the oven on 200 °C.
Sprinkle or brush the shapes with lemon juice to keep them from browning and set aside.

Cut the croissants in half and spread some jelly on the bottom pieces. Our 'Süßer Geist' is a homemade elderberry jelly only available at Villa Brockenhexe. Our Sambucus provides us every season with tons of elderberries & flowers, for homemade liqueur, elderflower and elderberry jelly and sirup. But that will be another story, when it's time to harvest!

Layer the apple slices, sliced brie and crushed almonds on the croissants, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper (in case any melted brie would spill). Put the croissant bottoms in the oven for 10 minutes. Until the brie is melted and golden edges start to form.

If you like it sweeter you can add more jelly on the top halves of the croissant, and/or some grass-fed 'süßrahm' butter!

Directly put the top halves of the croissants on the hot bottoms (hehe) and serve while it's warm.

Enjoy! ツ

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