Back in my traveling days, Pain au Chocolat was one my favorite indulgences from the tiny bakery cafes in Europe. To sit and enjoy this with a cup of strong espresso and a good book or my journal to keep me company...
sigh. It was lovely.
Usually, it comes in the form of a croissant with a big hunk of chocolate baked in. I don't know about you, but I don't have time to bake croissants. ever.
Loren & I did rediscover this treat last summer on a trip to Homer where we had the Two Sister's Bakery version of this treat, which is made with a heartier bread dough and sprinkled liberally with cinnamon sugar. They were wonderful.
And maybe it's the cold, cold, weather,
but lately I have been in a bread baking mood.
Here is the recipe, so you can try them out yourself,
if the spirit moves you.
I think they would make a perfect Valentines treat.