Have you ever had the luxury of tasting a chocolat croissant from France? Last October I visited Paris for the first time and I knew even before going that my daily breakfast was going to be a chocolat croissant along with a cafe. I happened upon this cute little place called PAUL for my first one and it was divine…flaky, buttery, gorgeous rich real chocolat that was melting (I’m getting hungry just thinking about this).
Since returning I have been dreaming of these yummy French treats. I have had many chocolat croissants state side and every one I have encountered have all been disappointing. At Christmas time I thought it would be special to have croissants and decided to treat myself to the mail order ones from William Sonoma. And I am here to report that they do NOT disappoint. These delicious little babies come frozen, in a set of 15, and are delivered straight to your door. They are created by Pastry Chef Jean-Yves Charon the traditional French way. Since they arrive frozen you are responsible for the baking bit of it. But I have to say it is pretty fool proof and taking those fresh golden flaky croissants out of your oven is a reward in itself. All you have to do is let them rise overnight on your baking sheet, pop them in the oven for about 30 minutes. The warm oozing chocolate will have you hooked.
So if you have never been to Paris or perhaps you are longing for a return visit these gorgeous chocolat croissants will surely transport you in an instant.
For another taste of Paris I recommend visiting the enchanting blog called Paris Breakfasts.
Carol Gillott is a talented artist who chronicles her watercolor adventures in Paris’ pastry and chocolat shops. Her pictures are fun and her paintings delicious. In fact there is a whole entry with several paintings of Boulangerie PAUL which are lovely.
image 1 – my photo image 2- www.paul.fr
iamge 3 – me @ PAUL iamge 3- Williams Sonoma