I am slightly new to the puff pastry process and have gotten the layers and and folding. I use a three fold, and the temperature remains at a cool degree so the butter does not melt or seep out of the dough during the process.
I just can't seem to get them bigger and flakier. I am using 7in / 18cm triangles and I stretch them out and roll them into the classic croissant shape. Then I egg wash them, sprinkle a little sea salt on top, let rise for 40 minutes, bake at 400F/200C for 10 minutes, and then at 350F / 180C until golden brown on top.
Any suggestion or any way to get the results?
Croissant purists state 32 is the "perfect" number of layers a croissant should have.
In this link seeking the croissant perfection, you can find:
NOTE11, I had the misconception that the more folds, the more layers, the flakier it will be. Wrong. With too many folds, butter layers would be thinner and thinner, and it will be more likely for the butter to melt and leak. Even with perfect rolling, too may layers would mean smaller honeycomb "holes" in the crumb. With no sheeter and TX weather, I find 3 folds sufficient, any more it's risky.
You can get up to 27 layers if you make 3 3-folds. Doing one more folding would make 3^4=81, too many layers.
It's not compulsory, but you can get those 32 layers doing 1 normal-folding and 2 book-foldings:
Another reason your flakes are not large enough is the flour used.
That's something in common with pizza dough, as I wrote in this answer, so if you don't find flour specific for croissant, you can try with pizza one.
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