Freshly Baked Chocolate Croissants For Under a Buck
I’ve been helpless against fresh croissants since our honeymoon in Ibiza. The general manager of La Torre Del Canonigo, a hotel inside of D’alt Villa, baked them herself each morning. I wanted to recreate the magic on weekend mornings in our own kitchen here in L.A., but until recently I couldn’t find them.
That was until last night, on my Friday evening trip to Trader Joe’s, I saw these chocolate croissants staring back at me from the freezer case.
You have to prepare them a bit in advance, allowing them to proof (rise) overnight (about nine hours), but they triple in size, exposing all of those buttery layers of pastry. This morning, we brushed them with a little egg wash and baked them for 22 minutes, resulting in as good a croissant as any I’ve had: browned and flaky, with just the right amount of dark chocolate. To be extra glamorous, you could even drizzle them with a bit of dark chocolate. And for less than $1 each, you can have four of these European culinary delights for the price of a Starbucks venti mocha. That’s what I call tightening your belt.