Today is National Croissant Day in France so of course the rest of the world accepts this as World Croissant Day ... and why not!
The perfect traditional croissant is a classic French pastry known for its flaky, buttery layers and delicate, light texture. It should have a golden-brown colour on the exterior with a slightly crispy crust and a soft, airy interior. The ideal croissant should be balanced in taste, with a subtle sweetness and a rich buttery flavour that is not overpowering. It should be neither too dense nor too doughy, but rather have a light and fluffy consistency. Overall, a perfect croissant is a delectable treat that combines the flavours of butter, sweetness, and crispiness into a delightful pastry.
In France, making the perfect croissant is a serious art. Each year, a competition is held in Paris in May to judge and crown the Best Charentes-Poitou PDO Butter Croissant. This prestigious event, known as the 'Concours du Meilleur Croissant de Grand Paris' rewards and honours the chef who is judged to produce the best croissant.
All pastry chefs must make curved croissants, imperatively made with pure Charentes-Poitou PDO butter and weighing between 45 and 65 grams, cooked weight. Perfection!
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The butter used to create these délicieux croissants are made with AOP Charentes-Poitou butter, a variety from western France prized for its unique flavour, achieved through traditional barrel churning.