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Savoury Italian Croissants

Savoury Italian Croissants

Savoury Italian Croissants - aka Cornetti - are easier to make, softer and more brioche-like than the flaky Croissants au beurre you eat in France.

Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 400 gms – 3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 7 gms – 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 200 ml – ¾ cup + 2 tsp milk lukewarm
  • 125 gms – ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Oregano
  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • Passata/tomato sauce to brush


  1. Mix the yeast with the sugar and lukewarm milk and set aside to activate.
  2. When frothy, put it in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a hook attachment together with the flour, yogurt, egg and salt.
  3. Knead for about 20 minutes, until the dough is smooth and very elastic.
  4. Make it into a ball, cover it and let it rise for at least 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
  5. Roll the dough into a circle almost as if you were making pizza.
  6. With a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, divide the circle into 6 slices and roll them from the base. Curve them into croissants and place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper, leaving 5 cm – 2 inches of space between them.
  7. Let them rise for 1 hour at room temperature. Make sure to loosely cover them with cling wrap so the surface doesn’t dry out.
  8. Once the croissants have risen, brush them with the beaten egg yolk and a little passata/tomato sauce. Sprinkle with oregano.
  9. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170°C – 340°F for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let them cool down and serve plain or as sandwich bread.