Bringing a Bite of Paris Back Home


If anyone can sum up that city in just a few succinct paragraphs, I would be highly suspicious of how much they actually went out and experienced there. Overwhelmed by all of the words that could be said, the myriad of stories that could be told, after a mere 5 1/2 days of total immersion in the capital of France, I found it impossible to pick and choose the right ones at all. 

If you want to know more about the photos I posted, you can now see a few brief descriptions and explanations on Flickr

Speechless, stunned, and yet brimming with inspiration, I was back at work in the kitchen again as soon as we walked through the door.

Suitcases still stuffed, with both dirty laundry and happy memories, the familiar scent of buttery pastries began floating through the air, as if we had never left Paris at all. This time, however, I could actually enjoy those flaky delicacies, instead of solely photographing them.

I’ll be the first to admit that these are no where near as grand as those massive breakfast confections, but for a first try, I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Cut into miniature sizes, each croissant was but two bites each, but unarguably rich enough to quell any further hunger.

Despite how intimidating the hundreds of paper-thin layers may seem, croissants are actually quite simple to make; it’s the waiting and repetition that might become a bit trying. Luckily, I found a recipe for “quick” croissants, which can produce fresh, homemade pastries from start to finish in about 3 hours. Adapting it to better suit my American cups and teaspoons, while also easily veganizing it, this is definitely a good starting place for anyone who wants to give croissants a try for themselves.

Yield: Makes 8 Medium or 12 Small Croissants

Basic Vegan Croissants

Basic Vegan Croissants

Buttery, flaky, crisp, and light, there's nothing like a fresh, homemade croissant still warm from the oven. This shortcut technique is much faster than the traditional approach so you can indulge anytime.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes



  • 2 1/4 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Teaspoons Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Melted Vegan Butter

Butter Block:

  • 9 Tablespoons Vegan Butter, Frozen


  1. To make the dough, start by combining all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl until well distributed. Mix everything together and knead until a smooth dough is formed. Let rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Add in the water and melted vegan butter and stir thoroughly to incorporate. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and kneed by hand for about 10 – 15 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  2. While the dough chills, you can go ahead and prepare the butter block.
  3. It helps to start by cutting the frozen vegan butter into sizable chunks and arranging them right next to each other in as even of a rectangle as possible on top of a silicone baking mat or piece of parchment paper. Sandwich the butter between another silicone baking mat or sheet of parchment paper, and using your rolling pin, whack it into submission. You want to flatten the block out to about 1 cm or so high, and try to keep the sides even and rectangular. Allow it to chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Once properly chilled, roll the dough out into a rectangle about twice as large as your butter block. Place the butter block in the center, diagonal to the sides (not parallel.) Enclose the block like an envelope, bringing the corners of the dough in to meet at the center. Roll the whole thing out gently to a thickness of about 1 cm again, and fold the short sides in by thirds.*
  5. Return it to the fridge so that it can chill for another 20 minutes before proceeding. Don’t be tempted to hasten this time, as the heat from your hands and the rolling pin will make all of the butter melt and run out. It’s essential to keep this dough as cool as possible before it hits the oven!
  6. Roll out the dough into a rectangle yet again, and fold in thirds as before. Chill for the same amount of time, and then repeat this process once more. Chill the dough for 20 more minutes before shaping it.
  7. To shape your croissants, roll the dough out into a rectangle as before, but cut it with a very sharp knife into equal triangles. If you want mini croissants, cut the dough in half lengthwise first, and then cut your triangles. Roll each triangle up, starting at the widest side, and the place each one on a fresh silpat or piece of parchment paper. Once all the croissants are cut and rolled, let them rise in a warm place for about 75 minutes, until nearly doubled in size.
  8. After rising, move the croissants into a preheated 415 degree oven.
  9. As soon as they’re safely inside, reduce the heat to 350 degrees, and do not open the door again until 15 minutes has elapsed. They should be golden brown, but if not, bake for an additional 5 – 10 minutes as necessary. Let cool before enjoying the fruits of your labor!


*The folding and shaping process is rather difficult to describe in words, so don’t worry if you’re a bit confused. Just check out the very helpful photos over at WikiHow if you need a visual aid.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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44 thoughts on “Bringing a Bite of Paris Back Home

  1. You read my mind! I was about to research some croissant recipes to veganize one–I can’t wait to try this (especially stuffed with chocolate chips and tofutti…)!!

  2. Yum! I love crossants. Ive made them a couple of times, although i agree they are easy to make, they are awfully time consuming. I only make them for special occasions, because they are worth the effort.


  3. Croissants are one of the most delightful things to hit my taste buds. This looks excellent. Your photos from Paris are beautiful! And I really enjoyed seeing them.

  4. Man, I haven’t had a croissant in years. I used to get them every Sunday for breakfast when I was in…maybe HS, but but I want to say even earlier. Yummy!

  5. my heart loves you but my thighs…yeah, not so much! they look so good and buttery and flaky! awesome job!

  6. Glad to hear you had such a great time Hannah! I totally love Paris too, it’s been too long since I last visited! I’ve enjoyed your photos in the meantime and these croissants look delicious!

  7. Your croissants look wonderful! I really really enjoyed all your photos from your trip. What an amazing vacation for you.

  8. Hannah, have you read “the sweet life in Paris” by David Lebovitz? It is part recipes, part anecdotes. If you like Paris, you will laugh with David. His blog is terrific too.

  9. Hannah, you are simply amazing! I last ate a croissant in Paris when I was 13 (there on an exchange program), and I can still conjure up the taste in my memory. Yours look just as delectable!

  10. I made similar vegan croissants before. Very nice! I love the whole process. Your photos, of course, are gorgeous as usual. I enjoyed all of your France photos. Welcome back!

  11. Oh, my darling. I miss you! And I am so happy to hear that your trip to France went delightfully well! Your photos are, as always, quite mesmerizing.

    :) <3

  12. Whenever I return from a vacation, I start making food from that place too! Fantastic that you made your own croissants. It is really not as difficult as most people think. Just some work. It’s awesome to see a whole post on this topic and yay for vegan croissants.

  13. it sounds a bit like making puff pastry, which it is i suppose. i’ve never made my own but might have to give it a go now, it sounds like fun! i love croissants too.

  14. A dear friend of mine used to make vegan croissants on the weekends, and while they were very yummy, they didn’t have the desired flakiness that you have mastered! I’m forwarding him your recipe!

  15. Hannah, I am new to your blog, and am delighted to find your recipe for vegan croissants, and eager to try it! I have one question: Is it possible at any stage of the preparation to let the dough sit overnight in the fridge? I am thinking it would be amazing to have fresh croissants for breakfast – my wife will probably want to marry me all over again after tasting them if they come out well – but I don’t want to have to get up at 4am to have them ready for breakfast, lol.

    Here in NYC where I live, lots of delis have packaged croissants (both plain and with fruit and chocolate and such) made with margarine – not as good as fresh or anything you would get in Paris I am sure, but a nice easy alternative.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. I’m so happy you’d be willing to give it a shot! You can definitely proof them overnight to have them ready to bake off in the morning and enjoy. Just shape the individual croissants on silpats as described, and at that stage, place the whole sheet pan in the fridge. First thing upon rising, take the sheets out and allow the croissants to return to room temperature, and then bake in a preheated oven right along with the original instructions. Hope you enjoy!

    1. I’m so thrilled to hear it! I was worried that the recipe would be too intimidating for anyone to try, so you’ve made my day by just giving it a shot. Thank you so much for your encouraging feedback! :)

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