Croissant is a preparation based on puff dough cut into a triangle and rolled up on itself so as to form a kind of cannelloni which is then curved into a crescent and baked in the oven. It can be sweet or salty. The croissant is very common in French cuisine, however its origin is Austrian; it seems that it dates back to the time of the Turkish siege, in 1683. Here's how to prepare croissants using fresh puff pastry:

  1. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin into a fairly thin sheet.
  2. Then, with a smooth pasta cutter, cut triangles (they have to have a base of 10 cm).
  3. If desired, spread the triangles with a layer of apricot jam (or other flavor to taste). To enrich the filling, you can add mixed candied fruit, in small cubes.
  4. Starting from the base, roll up the triangles on the filling, forming cannelloni and fixing the tips of the triangles on the underlying dough (preferably with a little egg white) .Then give the cannelloni a crescent shape and brush with some yolk. Sprinkle with sugar, place them on the oven plate and cook in a hot oven at 200° for about 15-20 minutes.

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