I can't believe I really made croissants! They turned out delicious, flaky and buttery, just as advertized. The recipe took a long time, but there was not much active time and it was not on too strict of a schedule. Also the dough handled like a dream-- it was very smooth rolling for each turn in the lamination. I was a little groggy when I was trying to shape the crescents this morning, so I was pleasantly surprised by how well they baked up.
I made three variants and I am so excited by the way they turned out that I'm posting each one separately. Please forgive the bandwith hogging!
Edited to add that these also froze beautifully-- once defrosted and warmed, they were almost as good as fresh. I am totally making these again-- probably in summer bicycling season when it's easier to burn off the calories! I really like the Weekend Project feature-- I can't wait to see what's next. This time I promise to try the Project, even if it is not part of a Challenge!