Almond Croissant

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Almond Croissant Recipe.
Make your pastries with less sugar and more falvor!
Makes 6.
6 ea. butter croissants (croissant pure beurre), preferably a day old.

Almond Cream Filling
3.7 ounces (120g) almond paste 50% (best choice: Lubeca 65% marzipan)
Or 60 grams almond meal and 60 grams powdered sugar.
0.4 cup (55g) powdered sugar
1.5 Tbsp (15g) corn starch
6 Tbsp (90g) butter, room temp
A pinch of salt
1 ea. (50g) egg
1/4 tsp (1.5g) vanilla extract.

Cut marzipan into cubes. In a food processor, blend marzipan cubes with sugar and starch until fine meal. If using almond meal instead; process almond meal with sugar and starch. Add room temp butter and salt; process until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix until homogenized.
Almond filling can be kept refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for months. Let almond cream to come to room temp before using.

Almond Syrup
1 cup (250g) water
0.5 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1.5 Tbsp (20g) powdered sugar
2 Tbsp (20g) almond meal
1 tsp (5g) vanilla paste or extract
1/2 Tbsp (7.5ml) orange blossom water or 1 clementine zest.

Bring to boil water, sugars, almond meal and vanilla. Cool and add orange blossom water or zest.

Quick Mandarine / Clementine Marmalade (Make a day ahead).
10 ounces (300g) mandarin or clementine
Water to cover.
0.4 cup (80g) granulated sugar
1/2 Tbsp (6g) pectin.

Bring to boil mandarins, cook for 2 minutes. Cover and let sit over night to cool slowly. Drain, remove stems and slice. Discard seeds and any tough membranes left. In a food processor, give a few pulses – add sugar and pectin and pulse a few more times. Transfer orange mixture into a saucepan and cook for 3 minutes; cool and keep refrigerated for up to a month. It freezes well too.

Some crushed whole almonds
Some sliced almond
Powdered sugar for dusting.

Almond Croissant Assembly
Cut croissants lengthwise; separate tops from bottoms. Dunk bottoms two-third down into the lukewarm almond syrup, drain off some of the exess syrup and flip onto a baking tray lined with silicone mat or parchment. Pipe out a 1/4-inch thick layer of room temperature almond cream. Spread a thin layer of clementine marmalade on each inside top; flip and place back on each croissant. Cover tops with more almond cream. Combine sliced almonds and whole crushed almond and cover croissants. Almond croissants can be kept frozen for weeks (thaw before baking). Dust with powdered sugar right before baking.

Convection oven: Bake almond croissants at 350ºF (180ºC) for 18 to 20 min.
Conventional oven: Bake almond croissants at 375ºF (190ºC) for 22 to 25 min. Transfer onto wire rack to cool. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

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