Sourdough is all the rage now, and for good reasons! Making bread at home using this lively yeast is among the most satisfying things you can do. But did you know that you can use sourdough for more than just bread? In this recipe, we'll show you how to make and bake sourdough croissants from scratch.
Sourdough croissants are so much more flavourful than traditional ones and are particularly suited to savoury fillings, like cheese or ham. If you enjoy sweet and sour foods, then jam will do wonders too. Check out our selection of sugar-free jams recipes.
Making croissants is a bit involved, but we have broken down the instructions in easy to follow and well-detailed steps, so have no fear!
First of all, we assume you already have your sourdough bubbling somewhere in your kitchen. If you don't, check out this video to learn how to make it.
We have made a few modifications to the traditional croissants recipe, and made it healthier and vegan:
We have replaced active yeast with sourdough.
We have replaced butter with an oil spread; more on this below.
We have added wholewheat flour to get more healthy fibres.
Classic croissants use a lot of butter, that's why they are not very healthy and are not vegan. Even vegan recipes end up using unhealthy ingredients, like margarine, palm oil, or coconut oil.
To make our croissants dairy-free, vegan and wholesome, we have ditched all unhealthy fats and adopted a method used by Chinese pastry chefs: vegetable oil spread. By mixing vegetable oil with flour, you get a paste that resembles semi-melted butter. This spread gives us crispy and flaky croissants with a fraction of the fats found in the classic pastry.
Let's see how our vegan sourdough croissants compare with traditional ones. One of our pastries has half the fats, ten times fewer saturated fats and three times more fibres than a classic croissant. Amazing right? Then what are we waiting for? Let's do this together!