The New Gastronome
Freaky Pairings Episode III: The Croissant that goes Grunge on You
by Paolo Panero
by Paolo Panero
Who doesn’t like to enjoy a classic croissant; a buttery, flaky, golden and well-laminated one? This – of course – is a rhetorical question. Normally, bakers will push the limits of a croissant’s flavour by using partial or total sourdough based fermentation and by adding salty ingredients to the dough or the laminated butter.
In this case, I prefer to use a classic one and enhance it with a filling. A combination that, on some level, reminds me of the grunge band Dinosaur Junior!
Inside you will find a rocking gritty contrast between the butter aroma and smooth texture of the croissant and a none-pasteurised, medium-hard sheep cheese; potent, roaring and with a gentle animal aftertaste, the combination of notes lingers on your palate. To add a third layer of texture and taste, simply spoon a homemade chipotle and onion marmalade with a final touch of fresh thyme on the cheese. If it sounds freaky, you are doing it right – it will taste amazing!
To further expand this grunge dimension, the croissant panino is best paired with a 24-hour cold-infused coffee cáscara, served with equal parts tonic water. The result? A crisp beverage that has an ethereal, yet present, hibiscus-flavoured round acidity, contained by the bitterness of tonic water.
The New Gastronome’s favourite croissant formula
2.3 % Salt
5% Milk Powder
1% Malt Extract
40% Sourdough Starter with 50% hydration
25% of the dough’s final weight in Butter
Check out this video as well!
Photos @Aarón Gómez Figueroa