April Baking Challenge

April Baking Challenge - croissants

When I asked readers in the Facebook group what they’d like to see for the April Baking Challenge, there was an overwhelming response that lined up with an item on my baking bucket list. Croissants. Teach us how to make croissants.

I ran away and covered my eyes, but deep down I knew the truth: it’s time to cross croissants off my baking bucket list. JUST DO IT. I had little experience with croissant dough, but I gave it my all. And I’m really happy I did!

Before we discuss the April Baking Challenge, let’s recap what the baking challenge is.

WHAT’S THE MONTHLY BAKING CHALLENGE?

  • On the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, share your photos throughout the month using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page. I want you all involved!
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.

A LOOK BACK ON MARCH

March Baking Challenge recipe: Naked Cake

I challenged you to make and decorate a naked cake and the creativity and talent in this baking community completely blew me away. This month showed the most participation in a baking challenge yet!! You took this challenge and ran with it, baking some of the most beautiful and breathtaking cakes. And, best of all, you had fun doing it! From lemon cake and peach cake to carrot cake and chocolate raspberry cake, your naked cakes and semi-naked cakes are the best cakes I’ve ever seen. If you want to be cake-spired, take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group. They’re all works of art.

Giveaway winner for March is Kim and she has been notified.

APRIL BAKING CHALLENGE

April is all about croissants. I worked tirelessly on the recipe to perfect it. Made from a yeasted dough that’s layered with butter, the croissants are warm, golden, and flaky. I have a thousand step pictures as well as a video tutorial for you. I also have a few tricks up my sleeve to help guide you. I know you can do this! Croissants have the reputation of being very difficult and that reputation is 100% accurate. Croissants are a labor of love. They take time, commitment, patience, and determination. But if you have time to work on the dough and know how to read directions, you can make croissants. Promise.

GIVEAWAY!

Thank you so much for participating in my monthly baking challenges. Everyone who participates in the April Baking Challenge (or more aptly called “the croissant challenge!!”) and shares their croissant photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook group, on Twitteremails it to me , or your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. (You can also message me your photo on Instagram if your account is private.) My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month!

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on April 29th 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the May Baking Challenge blog post on April 30th! 🙂

Do you think you can tackle this next challenge? Because I believe in you. ♥

How to make croissants on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Check back tomorrow for the croissants recipe, step-by-step pictures, a video, and the alternate April recipe.

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  1. Monica VB on April 2, 2018 at 12:02 am

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe for so long!! Thank you so much, I’m so excited! And Happy Easter!

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Happy happy Easter!

  2. Sofia on April 2, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I KNEW IT!! Lol. As soon as you mentioned a hint of this month’s baking challenge last month, I was almost SURE you would do this! I absolutely can’t wait!!

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:08 am

      YUP!!! 🙂

  3. Iram on April 2, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Yessss Sally I was one of those people who have been asking you about this pastry. It’s my fav dessert in the world (almond ones). I have made them before but it was very tough and I wasn’t ecstatic about my results. Can’t wait to see how you will teach us.

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:08 am

      I’m confident you’ll be happy with the results. Excited for the recipe to be published tomorrow!

  4. Jean Duchesneau on April 2, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I can’t wait!!!   Very excited

  5. Dottie on April 2, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Ooohh I hope I don’t need a heavy duty mixer

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:07 am

      A stand mixer definitely makes the job easier!

    • Kari on April 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

      From other recipes I’ve seen it’s unlikely. But you will need a lot of butter.

  6. Jessica on April 2, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Very excited to try this recipe. There is this donut shop that makes light, airy, melt in you mouth croissants. They will even glaze them, if asked, so delicious. Now I can try to make them myself. 

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Glazed croissants? My self control would be in serious trouble.

      • Michelle on April 2, 2018 at 10:51 am

        YES!! There is a local restaurant that does a glaze on theirs. Trouble is, an order of croissants consists of 5 pieces. So my son and I always try to sneak the last one without the other one seeing. LOL



  7. Mirjana on April 2, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Yeeey! I am soooo looking forward to it! Croissants scare me!

    P.S. Hope Easter went well and that Noelle enjoyed her first Easter experience! 🙂

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Don’t be scared about croissants! You can do it.
      Noelle’s first Easter was so much fun. She wore 2 dresses, though neither of them lasted for more than 10 minutes haha!

  8. Linda @ Today She Loves on April 2, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Sally, I can do macarons but chocolate and croissant have been my most intimidating baking projects that I won’t even touch. So excited to try this baking challenge and will definitely check back tomorrow.

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 9:01 am

      You CAN do it. I promise.

  9. William Brown on April 2, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I have made croissants recently with mixed success. They were all good, but lacked the consistency and quality that I wanted. Looking forward to April baking. 

  10. Elizabeth on April 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Pretty sure this will promote me to a whole new level in my house-my family loves croissants. Especially honey butter ones like they serve at Cheddars!

  11. Jessica on April 2, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Very excited for your recipe! I have made croissants before which are definitely worth the effort and time, but I always appreciate your spin on recipes and all of the helpful tips too. Great choice for a baking challenge! Happy Easter to you and Noelle!

  12. Paige Flamm on April 2, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I have always want to make my own croissants! I can’t wait!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  13. Lori on April 2, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Ohhh…. This one is a challenge! I made a naked carrot cake in a bundt pan. Was very minimal so I didn’t post. The crossaints I will post.

  14. Tess on April 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Oh my gosh! So so excited to try your croissant recipe 🙂 

  15. a conn on April 2, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I hope that you will mention how to make almond and chocolate croissants. My family spends way to much money on them at the bakery!

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Chocolate croissants are coming too!

  16. Julia Kerr on April 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I didn’t try the naked cake but the croissants are going to happen. I’m excited!

  17. kristène Dens on April 2, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    je suis contente, j’étais une de celle qui avait demandé cela en début d’année..coucou depuis le canada..

  18. Anne Brown on April 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Yes I have made them before a few times they’re very labor-intensive but worth it

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      So worth it!

  19. Vesna on April 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Oh, my, croissants are one of my husband’s fave foods and tomorrow is his birthday… Coincidence? I think not… Will run out to get some butter and yeast…

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      There’s nothing better than fresh homemade croissants ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!

  20. Pam on April 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I am very intimidated by yeast so this will be a true challenge for me. Fortunately, I’ve gained a bit of confidence being around you ladies the last few months, so I will give it a go 🙂

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      You can do it.

  21. Ellie Mastin on April 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    OMG!!! This time I will do your baking challenge. I tried making croissants last Christmas and I failed. I’m so excited 🙂

    BTW: Your banana cake, lemon coconut cake and carrot cake was a BIG HIT at Easter. Thank you again for all your amazing receipts.

    • Sally on April 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Did you make all 3?? That’s incredible!! I’m not sure which slice I’d grab first. I love them all!

  22. Dayo Sheehan on April 2, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Can’t wait to try but very very scared 

  23. Amy on April 2, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Do you have any non-dairy food recipes that you post? Thanks

  24. M.A. on April 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Yaaaaaaaassssssss!!!!!! Love it and I can’t wait Sally this is gonna be awesome !

  25. Karen on April 2, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Gonna try this challenge! I love Croissants!

  26. Liz B. on April 3, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Oh dear. My secret shame as a baker is that yeast scares me (I wimped out on making cinnamon rolls on Easter and made a eggs benedict casserole instead). I should know how to make croissants, though. Maybe I’ll face my fear this month

    • Sally on April 3, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Eggs benefit casserole sounds SO GOOD though!!

  27. Rachelle on April 5, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I have  caught the addiction and my family thinks I need intervention even though they don’t complain tasting the results.   I now want to invest in a stand mixer but don’t know if I should get a tilt head or bowl lift, I would not know the difference.  Which do you prefer?

    • Sally on April 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Hi Rachelle! I personally prefer a tilt head stand mixer. I switched to a tilt head as the bowl lift was a little too clunky and the head got in the way a lot. I just prefer the easy adjustability of the tilt head.

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