Croissants are a flaky, buttery pastry in the shape of a crescent. They are traditionally made with a yeast dough that is layered and rolled with butter (a process called laminating) but this recipe simplifies the process. I like to make an assortment of croissants, leaving some plain to be served with butter and jam or used as sandwich bread, and filling the rest with sweet and savory ingredients.
This bread is soft and makes great sandwiches or french toast. It is also the dough I use for Monkey Bread.
Homemade hamburger buns can transform any burger into something special. Make them in miniature for sliders, oblong-shaped for hot dogs or use the dough for pigs in a blanket.
Mornay sauce is essentially Béchamel sauce with cheese and some seasonings. French sauces have a mystique about them and trying to make them has always seemed like a daunting task to me. However, I have recently discovered that at least the roux, béchamel and mornay sauces are surprisingly simple to make.
Béchamel Sauce is a basic French sauce used as a thickener and base for many other sauces and dishes. It is essentially a roux (equal parts fat and flour) with milk. Just because it's a French sauce, don't let it scare you away. It's actually simple to make and can be incorporated into non-French meals, such as Macaroni and Cheese.
Similar to crêpes and Swedish pancakes, these Norwegian pancakes are a favorite in my family. They are a fun meal because you can serve them with a smorgasbord of toppings and fillings.
When I eat at Mexican restaurants I am always most anxious to sample the tortillas (corn and flour). In my mind, homemade tortillas are far superior to the mass-produced store versions and they make all of the difference in a dish! I have tried many different recipes. After a few successes and many flops, I have stumbled upon the following combination of ingredients. The result: my best flour tortillas to date! (although I will continue my quest to perfect them). They are thin and pliable, yet soft and tenderly chewy.