First off I need to be clear. I have had no contact with the folk at Jus-Rol. This isn’t a paid advertisement or placement piece, nor have I received any free product to review. This is just a ‘good old fashioned’ sharing of information to make life easier for those with allergies.
I’ll start with a confession – for years’ Molly has asked me to make homemade dairy free croissants. I’ve hemmed and hawed about it as it seemed such a fuss to try and make puff pastry with dairy free margarine. But, of course, it’s hard for her to see all the pastries in cafes that she can’t eat. It’s been a comfort over the years for her to shrug her shoulders over ice cream and tell herself ‘I’ll have some when I get home’. For most things she couldn’t eat there was always a good alternative waiting at home for her; or one I could whip up pretty quickly.
Not the case with croissants though, or cinnamon pastries, or pain au chocolate.
All those years’ and now I feel kinda stupid. I’ve started using Jus Rol pastry to make a quick vegetarian tart for supper. Then it dawned on me that I could probably use that Jus Rol puff pastry to make croissants. So off I toddled to the chilled section in Waitrose with a plan in my head. What did I find? Oh…packs of ‘croissant’ dairy free pastry from Jus Rol, ummm…cinnamon swirls too. The final insult? Dairy free Pain au Chocolate. Yes...you heard that right. Dairy Free Pain au Chocolate. It was one of those moments when I felt ‘jaw droppingly stupid’. Only the Pain au Raison was out of bounds. They do have soya lecithin in them so you need to be aware of that. But dairy or egg. Nope. Not a drop.
They are ridiculously easy to use. Literally unwrap, cut along the lines like you are in reception doing an art project. Roll them up and pop them in the oven for about 12 minutes. And voila! Hot, fresh pastries. I’m sure making my own would be healthier. Heaven knows that there is a long list of ingredients but frankly, with all the other extra stuff I have to do, this is a great cheat.
I can lay claim to a little bit of innovation. Molly was desperate for Almond croissants. I did a bit of research and apparently almond croissants are a clever way of using up day old croissants. That’s why the almond cream in in a bit lump in the middle – you cut the croissant in half, dip it in sugar syrup and stuff it with almond cream. I wasn’t going to do that, so figured I’d make one fresh with layers of almond cream. It worked really well. Here’s the ‘recipe’.
Take one pack of Dairy Free Jus Rol Croissants - they do an ‘all butter’ range which is NOT what you want.
Almond Paste for Almond Croissant
Free From: Dairy, Egg
Contains: Nuts, Gluten and Soy
8 tablespoons of dairy free margarine (Koko or Pure)
1/2 cup almond meal
¼ cup caster sugar
½ tsp almond flavouring
1 tsp vanilla flavouring
½ cup almond slivers
Cream the margarine and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add in the almond meal, almond flavouring and vanilla. Mix well.
Spread on the unrolled croissant triangle and roll up as normal. Don’t use all the almond paste – save some for the top of the croissants.
Pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
In a frying pan with a little bit of oil toast the almond slivers so they have a bit of colour.
When the croissants are cool spread a bit of the left over almond paste onto each croissant and sprinkle with almond slivers to finish.
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