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Czech Croissant Recipe | EU Politics Explained by Baking Czech Croissants

Have you ever wondered why croissants are shaped like a crescent? Today on baking bread we’ll be making a Czech version of the French classic and revealing the historical secret behind it’s intriguing form. I’m Georg Matthes and I’m a European correspondent but I also love to bake so here’s some food for thought from the Czech Republic. For this recipe your butter needs to be soft. So take it out of the fridge a few hours before baking. You’ll need 35 grams to make Rohlíky the Czech bread rolls. Start by mixing together 280 milliliters of milk 6 grams of fresh yeast 520 grams of plain flour 15 grams of liquid baking malt 1 egg yolk and 10 grams of salt. Knead in a stand mixer for 10 minutes [Music] Now add the softened butter, which will give you dougha silky feel. Something that’s ingrained in Czech history. Think of the smooth transition from communism to democracy the so-called Velvet Revolution in 1989 or the current protests against all those Czech politicians who’ve greased their way to the top. Actually what billionaire and Prime Minister Andrej Babis would say is he baked his way to the top. For example by making mountains of dough through his agricultural conglomerate. No bouncing checks with this guy. Our dough now needs to prove for 30 minutes then shape it into eight balls and leave them to rest for 90 minutes. Next flatten each ball into a triangle shape like the blue part of the Czech flag. Then curl them up which is an art Czech people mastered under communism. In the face of Soviet oppression they issued violence and turtled up. After a night in the fridge you can now bend the Rohlíky into a crescent-shaped form. What for? Legend has it the crescent shaped bread rolls were invented in 1683 to mock the Ottoman Empire for failing to invade Vienna. Next place the dough crescents on a sheet of baking paper cover them with a tea towel and leave them to rise at room temperature for 90 minutes. Twist the egg and clays the Roc-litzki with it bake them at 230 degrees celsius for 16 minutes. They are ready when they’re as golden as the 500-plus gilded domes that grace the skyline of the Czech capital Praque Check it out! [Music] Thanks for watching and if you’re hungry for more bread recipes click here!


  1. l S
    l S November 13, 2019

    3:11 ✅ 😉 No bouncing cheques on this one.

    The series, nice!

  2. Ich am da boss
    Ich am da boss November 13, 2019

    Love dw and their amazing videos

  3. Jiri Kosek
    Jiri Kosek November 13, 2019

    Babis go out. We dont need you in Czech 😁😁😁😁😁🐰

  4. Randolph Ciurlino
    Randolph Ciurlino November 14, 2019

    This series is really interesting and informative.
    Who would have thought bread and politics!
    Great idea. Great work! Good bread.

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