The Warm Chocolate Croissant, Revisited

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It’s breakfast week on The Kitchn, so I’ve been thinking about favorite ways to treat myself when I have a morning alone, a little nibble that elevates the usual yogurt and granola routine into something special—and by special, I mean a fresh-from-the-oven chocolate croissant, courtesy of Trader Joe’s frozen food section.

I discovered this treat several years ago while at a food and writing conference and posted about it here. The idea is that you remove the frozen unbaked croissant from the freezer and leave it out overnight to defrost and proof. In the morning, bake it and within 20 minutes or so, you have a hot, just-from-the-oven chocolate croissant to keep you company! (Stephanie also offered her own freezer-friendly scone version this morning.)

Since then, I try to keep a package of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants in the freezer for those occasional mornings when something special is needed. The only drawback is that you have to know the night before that the following morning is going to be a croissant morning. But as with most things, preparation and anticipation is a big part of satisfaction.

Of course, hot melty chocolate croissants are also a wonderful romantic treat for two. But one of the biggest challenges of eating alone is to remember to make it special now and then. So if you have a morning to yourself, don’t hesitate to spend a little extra time to treat yourself.

PS. You can make your own from scratch croissants but be warned, they are a little fussy. This tutorial from Emma is a great way to learn how: How to Make and Shape Homemade Croissants

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