Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants

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Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants make for a delightful breakfast in bed surprise for your sweetheart. Not only are they incredibly simple to prepare, but they also exude the charm of a meticulously crafted French pastry.

These sweet, buttery, and flaky Almond Croissants feature bakery-quality croissants filled with a luscious almond cream filling and fresh raspberries. They can be whipped up in under an hour or prepared the day before for added convenience.

Filled with crème d’amandes (Almond Pastry Cream) and fresh berries, then baked until golden brown, these Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants perfectly capture the essence of the authentic Croissants aux Amandes (Almond Croissants) found in traditional French bakeries.

Almond pastry cream, traditionally referred to as crème d’amandes, is a delightful sweet almond paste frequently employed in crafting delicacies such as croissants aux amandes, Crème Frangipane, galette des rois, and pithiviers.

Crafted from white sugar, almond flour (almond meal), butter, and eggs, this recipe can also incorporate whole almonds, though they must be finely ground in a food processor until reaching a powdery consistency. Opting for almond flour ensures the perfect texture without the need for additional processing, resulting in a quicker and quieter preparation process.

Authentic Almond Pastry Cream Recipe: Crème d’amandes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (or finely ground almonds)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Almonds: If you’re using whole almonds, place them in a food processor and pulse until finely ground into a powdery consistency. Set aside.

  2. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour (or ground almonds), sugar, softened butter, and eggs until smooth and well combined.

  3. Cook Mixture: Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to a custard-like consistency. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.

  4. Cool and Serve: Once thickened, remove the almond pastry cream from the heat and transfer it to a clean bowl. Allow it to cool completely before using it in your desired recipe, such as croissants aux amandes or Crème Frangipane.

  5. Optional Flavorings: For added flavor, you can stir in a splash of almond extract or vanilla extract during the cooking process.

  6. Storage: Almond pastry cream can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow it to come to room temperature before using.

Exploring Fruit Options for Filling Almond Croissants

  • Jam
  • Figs
  • Raisins
  • Tayberries
  • Mulberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Loganberries
  • Huckleberries
  • Boysenberries

The pairing of almonds and raspberries is a personal favorite, making it a natural combination in my kitchen! Once baked, these croissants boast a crisp exterior with a tender, almost custard-like interior. Additionally, the raspberries provide a refreshing burst of acidity that balances out the sweetness beautifully.

We chose bakery croissants for convenience, aiming to keep the process as quick as possible! While making your own croissants is an option, sometimes it’s great to streamline your time in the kitchen. Particularly if you’re preparing a romantic breakfast, it’s important to have time to enjoy your day! Additionally, you can prepare them a day in advance, allowing for a quick and easy breakfast in bed in minutes!

If you want to see how to make your own croissants, then stop by Bakes and Blunders and see how Colleen whips up her first batch. If you opt for Trader Joe’s brand grab two boxes, since they are smaller in size. We picked these big beauties up at the local pâtisserie.

Popular places where you can purchase delicious croissants:

  1. Local Bakeries: Many local bakeries offer freshly baked croissants that are often made with high-quality ingredients and traditional methods.

  2. French Bakeries: French bakeries are renowned for their authentic croissants, baked to perfection with flaky layers and rich buttery flavor.

  3. Specialty Grocery Stores: Some specialty grocery stores, such as Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s, offer a selection of high-quality croissants in their bakery section.

  4. Cafés and Coffee Shops: Many cafés and coffee shops serve freshly baked croissants alongside their beverages, making them a convenient option for enjoying on the go.

  5. Online Bakeries: With the rise of online bakeries, you can now order croissants from the comfort of your home and have them delivered straight to your door.

  6. Farmers’ Markets: Farmers’ markets often feature local bakeries or pastry vendors selling freshly baked croissants alongside other artisanal goods.

  7. Wholesale Bakery Suppliers: Some wholesale bakery suppliers supply croissants to restaurants, hotels, and catering companies, and may also sell directly to consumers.

These are just a few options to consider when searching for the best places to purchase croissants. Be sure to explore your local area and try out different options to find your favorites!

Ingredients for Making Almond Raspberry Croissants

Ingredients:

For the Almond Croissants:

  • 6 large croissants (one day old), halved and left to sit out overnight to dry out slightly
  • Sliced toasted almonds, for sprinkling
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries (or berries of your choice)
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

For the Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup (200 grams) caster or white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

For the Almond Cream (Crème d’amandes):

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) caster or white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (100 grams) almond flour (almond meal)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

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How to Make Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants

Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants

Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants are the perfect breaky in bed for your sweetheart. Plus, they're ridiculously easy to prepare but look like you've spent hours creating the perfect French pastry.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Equipment

  • sheet pan
  • parchment paper
  • hand blender
  • glass bowl

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 large one day old, halve the croissants and let them sit out overnight so that they dry out a little
  • 1/2 cup (55 grams) sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 pint (312 grams) fresh raspberries, washed and air dried
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Almond Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup (200 grams) caster/white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Crème d’amandes (Almond Cream)

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) caster/white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (100 grams) almond flour (almond meal)
  • pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt,
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams, 1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 medium (100 grams) eggs, room temprature

Instructions

Ready the Croissants

  • Split the croissants in half and lay them out on a baking sheet. Cover loosely with a paper towel and allow them to dry out overnight. You can also use croissants that are already a day or two old and slightly dried out.

Make the Almond Simple Syrup

  • In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan add the sugar, water and bring to a boil and cook down for 8 minutes, then stir in the almond extract. Remove from the burner and allow it to cool down to near room temperature. The remaining syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Crème d’amandes (Almond Cream)

  • Add the sugar, almond flour (almond meal), and salt to a medium-sized bowl, stir to combine.
  • Cut the butter and drop into the meal and beat with a hand blender till well combined, about 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Then add the eggs, 1 at a time until thoroughly combined it will have a light fluffy consistency.

Assemble the Croissants

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C and line a sheet pan with parchment paper
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  • Brush the inside and outsides of the croissants liberally with the almond simple syrup. You can also dip each very quickly into the syrup directly and allow the excess to drip off. They should be quite "wet" but not soaked in syrup.
  • Arrange the croissants on the parchment-lined sheet pan, cut side up and spread about 2 tablespoons of the Almond Cream on each bottom half.
  • Add the fresh berries.
  • Replace the tops of the croissants and spread the remaining Almond Cream on the tops and then sprinkle with the sliced almonds.
  • Bake for 14-18 minutes, until the cream on top, is set and the croissants are rich golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then dust generously with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate, but these are simple and fast to make!
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    1. These look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. Will be making these and passing this on.

      1. Thanks so much, Beth! They’re super easy and so delish too 🙂

    2. I love the various fruits you can use to stuff them. I wonder if other nuts could be used as well? or no nuts?

      1. Absolutely, Cindy, you can add any types of nuts and seeds you may like. Or omit them altogether. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

        1. Amazing recipe ..easy and you can use different fruits to make it different ways! Pinned for later thank you!

          1. Thanks so much, Holly, really appreciate the pin too!

    3. These look delicious but I Sam a calorie counter and would like to know the calories per.

      1. Hey, Christina! While this is not a feature I’m interested in adding to the site, I frequently use this recipe analysis tool from About.com to check information. It’s far more useful than any list I could add at the end of a recipe because it allows you to cut and paste whole recipes, removing or adding any ingredients you’d like and adjusting serving sizes to what you’ll eat or make. Thanks for visiting 🙂

    4. Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life says:

      All I can say is Angela, I’m so glad you are not my neighbor. I would be at your house every day for samples 🙂 These look to die for 🙂

      1. Lol, Suzan! Thanks so much, I freely share sample in case you are ever in our neck of the woods. 😛

    5. My kids are BIG croissant fans. This is a great way to enjoy them in an extra special way and make with them.

      1. For sure, Angela fun to make with the kids and they can create their own fruit flavor combos too! 🙂

    6. Lisa Manderino says:

      So delicious! Yum!

      1. Thanks, Lisa! 😛

    7. These look amazing! I will definitely try them.

      1. Great, Candy, they’re super easy to make and eat too!

    8. These look scrumptious! Making my mouth water!

      1. Thank you, Debbie 🙂

    9. wow these look so tasty! I love croissants!!

      1. Croissants are a favorite here too, Lucy. And they’re so versatile, thanks for visiting! 🙂

      1. Thank you, Leslie! 🙂

    10. These look simply divine! We cannot wait to try them!

      1. Thanks, Lisa, please snap a pic and tag us when you make them! 🙂

    11. They look delicious

      1. Much appreciated, Jennifer!

    12. Charlotte Boehms says:

      My stomach is growling looking at this! Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to test this out!

      1. Thanks, Charlotte, be sure to share your results! 🙂

    13. Sydney Delong says:

      Ooo these look good! I would want to stuff some cream cheese in with it too!

      1. You can never go wrong with cream cheese, Sydney! 🙂

    14. This looks so delicious and healthy! My daughter love croissants and this might be something she likes to learn baking and enjoy creating. Thanks for sharing.

      1. They are easy and fun to make with the kiddos, April. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    15. This looks absolutely delicious. I will have to make them soon.

      1. Much appreciated, Lina, be sure to share your results with us! 🙂

    16. Don’t know if I can do this? but they really, really look delicious! Could you just ship them to me? hahahaha
      I will try it and let you know how they turn out! Thanks!

      1. Lol, Cathy, I promise they’re actually very easy to make! But if you’re close I’ll make you a batch 🙂

    17. These jewels are delicious looking. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

      1. Thank you, Vanessa, so glad that you like them 🙂

    18. These look and sound amazing!

      1. Thanks, Noelle!

    19. These look so yummy! If we hadn’t just started our Keto diet, I would be trying out this recipe!

      1. Lol well maybe for a special treat one day, Jenna, thanks so much for visiting!

    20. Yummm! I am so hungry now!

      1. Lol, Beatriz, I must be doing my job 🙂 thank you for visiting!

    21. I’m drooling. This looks divine.

      1. Thanks, Christina!

    22. Brianna Fitzgerald says:

      These look so yummy and pretty simple to make! I’m going to have to bookmark this page for sure

      1. Super simple to make, Brianna! Once you make a batch they will become a staple for special breakfast occasions 🙂

    23. Oh, I love almond-flavored anything…these look amazing.

      1. Us too, Lisa and almonds pair so well with raspberries or nearly any fruit for that matter. Thanks for visiting!

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