Morning Treat: Fresh-Baked Chocolate Croissant

Recently I attended a food and writing retreat where one of the participants wrote an entire essay about the morning she baked a chocolate croissant from Trader Joe’s frozen foods section. She had a particularly sensuous writing style and by the end of her reading, I was quite taken with the picture of a hot croissant pulled fresh from my oven and eaten in bed while the morning fog beat at the windows.

So, you know, I thought I’d give it a try.

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Leaving aside the fact that you have to plan ahead by putting the frozen croissant out on the counter the night before, it was indeed a perfect experience. The pastry defrosted and poofed up during the night, baking up crisp and golden in the oven the following morning. And nothing beats biting into a warm, slightly yeasty pastry and having it dissolve into a melted bittersweet pool of chocolate in your mouth.

Well, almost nothing.

(Image: Dana)

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, Fall, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.