Basil, gruyère and coriander croissants

For a savoury treat try Paul Hollywood's herb-flavoured croissants, filled with Parma ham and Gruyère cheese
By Paul Hollywood
Basil, gruyère and coriander croissants
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  • Serves: 20
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes plus chilling and resting
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 625 g strong bread flour
  • 12 g salt
  • 75 g sugar
  • 20 g dried yeast
  • ½ bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of basil
  • 500 g butter, chilled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 20 slices of Parma ham
  • 25 g gruyère cheese, chopped into 20 pieces

Method

1. Place the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, coriander and basil in a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix in a little water until the mixture forms into a pliable dough.

2. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead well until it feels elastic.

3. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Return the chilled dough to your floured work surface and roll it into a rectangular shape, around 60cm by 30cm.

5. Roll out the chilled butter into a rectangle about 1cm thick, around 20cm by 30cm.

6. Place the butter rectangle in the centre of dough rectangle, so it covers around a third of the dough.

7. Fold the remaining dough thirds over the butter layer, so that the dough is now in 3 layers.

8. Return the dough to the refrigerator to chill for a further hour.

9. Scatter some more flour over your table and roll out the dough to a rectangular shape, around 60cm by 30cm.

10. Repeat the folding process, then return the dough to the refrigerator for a further hour.

11. Repeat this process of folding and chilling two more times, then wrap the dough in cling film and set it aside to rest overnight.

12. Using a rolling pin, roll out the rested dough to 3mm thickness.

13. Cut the rolled out dough into 10 squares, each square 20cm by 20cm.

14. Cut each square diagonally, making 2 triangles from each dough square.

15. Place the dough triangles on a lightly floured surface with the narrow point facing away from you.

16. Place a slice of Parma ham and a piece of cheese on the dough triangle.

17. Roll each dough triangle up over the ham and cheese filling and curl the dough roll around into a traditional crescent shape.

18. Place the shaped croissants on baking trays lined with silicone baking parchment and leave to rise for 1 hour, 30 minutes.

19. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

20. Lightly egg-wash the croissants and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

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