Spraying croissant dough between folds?

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Hi.

Im making croissants for the first time at a new bakery and their method is to brush off excess flour from the dough and then spray it with water between folds, I assume to help the layers stick together. Ive been watching youtube videos and reading articles and havent seen this done anywhere else.

Any chance this is lowering product quality?
 

chefpeon

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I honestly don't think it will hurt anything, but it's completely unnecessary. The spraying part anyway. Brushing the excess flour off though is standard procedure.
 
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It seems like an unneeded extra step. Being new I wouldn't say anything yet, but down the road it may be worth mentioning something along the lines of trying to laminate a small batch, cut, roll, proof, bake, and compare the results.
 
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I think Shirley Corriher (CookWise/BakeWise) recommends doing that... the idea being that the extra water creates additional steam leavening between the layers. I don't remember the whole explanation, but her books might be a good place to look for more details on the science/reasoning behind that approach.
 
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