"The windows are full of neatly stacked palmiers and pain au chocolat and napoleons and strawberry tarts." --from Bread Alone
Ever since reading Judith Ryan Hendricks' wonderful novel, Bread Alone (see link below), I've been intrigued by the idea of making pain au chocolat. It certainly seems easy enough. Essentially, it's a rectangle of puff pastry rolled around a piece of dark chocolate and baked until it is puffed and golden, and the chocolate is melted and gooey. How tough can that be? Somehow though, I never got around to it, so when I spied a box of 4 frozen chocolate croissants at Trader Joe's I owed it myself to give these a try. Forget trying to make them yourself, these are sensational! I occasionally treat us to the French croissants and morning buns offered by Williams-Sonoma (that are like a culinary trip to Paris in your own kitchen), so wasn't expecting these to be that good. They are! And nothing could be simpler. You let them rise overnight, bake them in the morning, and prepare to start your day with a smile on your face.
|Here is the box to look for the next time you visit Trader Joe's.|
|Out of the box they look like nothing special, but just wait until morning!|
|Here's a peek inside. Okay, for my tastes it could have had a bit more chocolate, but I'm not complaining, these are delicious.|
|Thumbs up! Highly Recommended. |
Thanks, Trader Joe's!