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Wholewheat Chocolate Filled Croissants – A Delight to Bake

27 September 2011 35 Comments

wholewheat croissant
There are some recipes which never make to my wish list, Croissant being one among them. Tons of layers of butter and white flour simply does not motivate me to try these baked goodies at home.  And we often end up in buying  the same off the shelves from a nearby bakery for my children who love these crisp bakes. I almost brushed off this month’s Daring Bakers challenge aside when I saw Croissants on it, but thanks to Sarah who prompted me to bake them at home with her easy recipe presentation.

The Daring Bakers  go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!

As usual I tried my first batch with white flour and the next with wholewheat flour. To make it more appealing I added grated chocolate and sprinkled cinnamon over the wholewheat croissants. Though the Croissants baked with all purpose flour are more light with crispy layers, wholewheat croissants did not disappoint me either. I like the nutty aroma of wholewheat in it and the cookie crust filled with chocolate in these croissants.

I am giving a rough idea about how to make croissants, check out here and at Sarah’s page on Daring Bakers for more information and perfect pictorial depiction of the whole process of making Croissants.

Wholewheat Croissants

Rise..rise baby! Wholewheat Vs APF croissant, the second has risen more..


(make 6 small croissants)

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp. of grated chocolate

Method; Heat milk to lukewarm and add yeast and sugar into it. Keep it undisturbed for 10 minutes at warm place. Take a large vessel and add wholewheat flour and all purpose flour in it and pour the bubbled yeast mixture in it. Combine the mixture to make a dough, do not knead it. Cover the vessel and keep it to rise for about 6-7 hours or overnight in refrigerator.

Take out the risen dough and flatten it to make a square. Slice the butter into thin layers and keep it in the center of the flattened dough. Fold the four corners to make an envelope shape and sealed the dough completely.

Use a rolling pin and flatten the dough into an elongated rectangle. Repeat the same process of folding and rolling twice.

Cut the rectangle into squares and divide again to make two triangles each from the square. Add a 1/2 tbsp. grated chocolate on each triangle. Roll each triangle into croissant from the broader side to the pointed end.

Arrange the croissants on a baking tray and brush them with milk. Leave it to rise  for 2-3 hours. Preheat the oven at 190°C and bake the croissants for 20-25 minutes till they are golden brown on top.

Wholewheat Croissants

APF Croissants..flaky and crisp.

Look at the Croissant baked with All purpose flour (APF), they look so crisp and flaky.

Wholewheat Croissants

Wholewheat Croissants, more nutty flavors and cookie crusted

Wholewheat versions are more like wholegrain cookies with wonderful nutty flavors.

Wholewheat Croissants

Wholewheat Croissants

Every bite is satisfying, and I like these dense yet wholesome croissants.

Wholewheat Croissants

APF croissant with fruit preserve

Sinful indulgence, look at the lovely layers that has been magically created with butter!

Wholewheat Croissants

Chocolate filled wholewheat croissants

Given a choice I will bake the chocolate filled wholewheat croissants again. The wholegrain croissants are a winner at my home, even my children preferred these over the APF versions. Good for me 🙂

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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Looks great Sanjeeta! I have never attempted baking croissants but your posts makes me want to do it!
    Actually I avoid most recipes the requires a lot of time and butter! lol… I would be happy to spend an entire day in the kitchen baking bread, croissants, muffins and cakes as long as my daughter is kept happy and entertained 🙂 of course somebody else needs to eat what i bake too!!
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  • Joanne said:

    Wow I would never have guessed that these are whole wheat! They look like breakfast/dessert heaven.
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  • Audax Artifex said:

    I love the whole wheat version you made and with chocolate also wonderful result and I love the colour. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.
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  • Preethi said:

    Nice recipe! Do you think I could try this with sunflower oil instead of butter as I’m a vegan?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Preethi, I don’t think any oil will work as good as butter….but you can give a try. As baking a croissant need chilled and solid butter to make those fluffy layers.

  • Jamie said:

    Mmmm yes chocolate and cinnamon would make anything better but these look pretty delicious either way. I need to get onto making croissants. Just perfect!

  • Baker Street said:

    I’m inspired to bake croissants now! Whole wheat chocolate sounds soooo good! Surely giving these a try soon.
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  • Sodium said:

    i wud like to live next to your house sangeeta,
    it really appearing yummy…my lov for tasty delicious cookies nd bakeries is began on top whenever i visit your blog.
    keep it up sangeeta… 🙂

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes said:

    Good for you to do the challenge! All the croissants look wonderful! A chocolate-filled ww one would be nice right now! 🙂
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  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    Both type of croissants look great! I am glad that you tried it with whole wheat flour.
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  • Nishi said:

    The croissants look so perfect and delicious. I love the healthy twist of wheat flour 🙂
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  • kankana said:

    Such perfect croissants with whole wheat .. that is amazing. I heard if you brush these with melted butter before baking .. the color comes our golden brown.
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  • Sarah said:

    these are so so tempting.. and in fact im so tempted to join daring bakers for making such delicacies!
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  • nags said:

    i’ve always wanted to bake these up, now i have more inspiration.

  • Nitha said:

    Looks great and perfect…

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Gorgeous! They are so flaky and golden.
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  • Krithi said:

    Great and healthy idea of using wholewheat!! would love to try this..
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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    I would prefer experimenting with whole wheat – that turned out equally delicious as well 🙂
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    I love the wholewheat….these look fantastic!
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  • Raks said:

    Whole heat croissants look wonderfully flaked and healthier option!

  • valarmathi said:

    Croissants looks perfect and yummy….great job.

  • Biny Anoop said:

    wow amazingly healthy…love it

  • Priti said:

    Looks delicious …..wonderful to use wheat flour ….
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  • Yasmeen said:

    Fantastic idea! The whole wheat part makes me feel a bit less guilty 🙂
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  • Barbara | Creative Culinary said:

    what I wouldn’t do right now for a stack of these…or even one. They look so fantastic.
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  • Pinky said:

    Croissants……..looks so tempting…….after seeing the goodies u bake i wish i was ur neighbor.

  • Rajani said:

    Nice looking croissants. Love the wholewheat twist to it!
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  • The Backyard Baker said:


    Wow !! I’m sooooo inspired to try my next batch of croissants with whole wheat flour.
    Honestly I’ve had the same problem …..my husband loves it and everytime he’d encourage me to make them i’d shy away only looking at all the butter and flour !!
    I thought so many times to try them with whole wheat flour but was never sure how they’d turn up.
    but hey….now you gave me some courage….. 🙂

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Backyard baker, glad to know that you are one with me when it comes to baking croissants with butter and white flour. Wholewheat croissants is no less than the traditional version.

  • Amy said:

    Am I missing something??? I can’t see where the recipe tells you about filling them with chocolate.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Amy, you are absolutely right …I skipped that line. Just added it. Thanks for reminding.

  • Soma said:

    These are for me, right? LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

  • Carolyn A said:

    Looks so delicious. All the croissants look wonderful! A chocolate-filled ww one would be nice right now!

  • Lakshmi said:

    Ooh, they look pretty :-)! I bet they taste good, too.

  • Nivedita said:

    daring to bake these tomorrow, wish me luck,
    can’t wait,
    going to the kitchen now 🙂
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