Plump buttermilk croissants for just about any level of cook

Buttermilk creates light and airy croissants that even a beginner chef will find confidence in preparing. These work great for a Sunday dinner, sliced open for sandwiches, as a companion to your breakfast fare or munched with a little jam or honey.

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