Croissants filled with strawberries and mascarpone cheese

Croissants filled with strawberries and mascarpone cheese

These light croissants have a reduced saturated fat content.  Filled with strawberries and mascarpone cream (reduced fat) they are perfect for a special garden afternoon tea.

Serves:  10 servings

Dietary: semi-vegetarian.  To create a lactose-free version use soy milk and soy yoghurt.

Preparation time: 5 1/2 hours

Cooking time: 20 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

400 g flour
egg
200 ml milk/soy milk
125 g plain yoghurt/soy yoghurt
8 g active dry yeast
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon sugar

FILLING

200 g mascarpone cream, reduced-fat or light
500 g strawberries, sliced

 

METHOD

  1.  Heat the milk in a pan (should be warm and not piping hot), add the sugar and the yeast.
  2.  Whisk until everything is melted.
  3.  Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  4.  Work together the flour, egg, salt, yoghurt, and the milk combined with the yeast for around 20 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  5.  Let the dough sit at room temperature for around 3 hours until the volume has doubled.
  6.  Divide the dough into two parts.
  7.  Use some flour to roll the dough into a thin layer.
  8.  Cut the rolled dough into slices as it was a pizza.
  9.  Roll each slice to obtain the typical form (start from the larger side).
  10.  Bake at 170°C for around 20/35 minutes.
  11.  Let the croissants cool at room temperature and then cut them in half.
  12.  Spread the mascarpone cheese on the bottom half, add the strawberries on top of the mascarpone.

 

This recipe has been donated by Francesca Straniero, Registered Associate Nutritionist.  The fillings have been provided by Kathy Lewis Registered Nutritionist

 

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Per serving:
Total calories: 232 kcal
Fat: 6.1 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Carbohydrate: 34 g
Total sugar: 4.9 g
Fibre: 3.5 g
Protein: 7.7 g
Salt: 0.09 g

 

NUTRITION FACTS

This croissant recipe has a reduced saturated fat content than your traditional recipe.  It also offers a good source of protein and vitamin C.

 

VARIATIONS

  1.  If strawberries are out of season, replace with mango, peaches or nectarines.
  2.  You can also replace the mascarpone with ricotta or Fromage Frais for a lower fat filling.

 

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