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Franzbrötchen – German Croissant in a tray
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Franzbrötchen – German Croissant Recipe

Franzbrötchen is a German Croissant Recipe and is similar to French croissant. They are mildly sweet but is not as laborious to make as traditional croissant.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, bun, Dessert, Kids Friendly, Pastries, Snacks
Cuisine: European
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 261kcal


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  • Oven


For the dough -

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon Instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Salt
  • ½ -¾ cup Milk lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoon Unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled

For the Filling -

  • 6 tablespoon Butter chill
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon


To make the dough -

  • I made the dough in my food processor. Add the flour, sugar, salt and yeast to the jar of the food processor or in a large bowl if mixing by hand.
  • To this add the melted and cooled butter and pulse it for a minute.
  • Now add about ½ cup of the lukewarm milk and mix. If needed add a little more milk and knead the mixture into a soft dough. .
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and then with a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm, draft free place until double in volume. It took about an hour and a half for my dough to rise.

Shaping the Franzbrötchen -

  • Gently punch down the dough and roll it into a 8 x 12 rectangle. Use a little flour to help roll the dough.
  • Thinly slice the chilled butter into several pieces. Make sure that the slices are thin and not chunky. Also having the butter really cold helps in slicing them neatly.
  • Place the sliced butter over ⅔rd of the rolled dough. Bring the remaining ⅓ rd of the dough over the butter and then fold the dough over itself one more time, making a tri-fold.
  • Pinch the edges to seal well, so that the butter does not ooze out when we roll again.
  • Dust the surface with more flour and roll the dough gently again to form a 8 x 12 rectangle. Try to keep the edges straight.
  • Now tri-fold the dough again and wrap it plastic and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill.
  • When the dough is chilling, prepare the cinnamon sugar by mixing the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Also preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a tray with parchment and keep it ready.
  • When the dough has chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and roll it into a 10 X 15 rectangle.
  • Brush the surface of the dough with little water and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly.
  • Start rolling the dough tightly, like a jelly roll and form a tight log. Pinch the edges to seal and with the sealed side facing down, slice the log into 1 inch pieces. I got about 9 pieces from my dough.
  • Using a rounded wooden stick or the handle of a wooden ladle/spoon, press on the center of each piece strongly and all the way down. You will see the dough flare out and spread on each side like a wing of the bird. This is a step that I really enjoyed as it was very pleasurable to watch the dough spread out.

Baking the Franzbrötchen -

  • Place the shaped pastry on the prepared baking tray and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. Beware that the sugar would melt and puddle around the bread when baking, but would all be absorbed back by the end of the baking time.
  • Remove them from the oven when it is golden brown and cool them on a rack. Serve warm.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg