Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Le Croissant De Chocolat Avec Les Framboises

Framboise means "raspberry" in French.  Isn't that a fun word to say - fra-a-mbois-e.  It sounds very fancy and a bit pretentious.  

Anyway ... 

One of my favorite things to eat at a bakery is a chocolate croissant with raspberries.  There is a local bakery here in town that makes them perfectly, but I don't have many opportunities to go there.  And while I am all for supporting local businesses, since discovering the perfect way of enjoying these pastries at home, I will have even less need to go the bakery!

If you have a panini press (or even a frying pan), you can make them too and they are SO good!

Le Croissant De Chocolat Avec Les Framboises (because it sounds better titled in French)

a store bought croissant, sliced lengthwise
plain cream cheese
semi-sweet chocolate chips
fresh raspberries

After slicing the croissant in half lengthwise, smear a thin layer of cream cheese on the inside of the slices.  Sprinkle chocolate chips and place whole raspberries on the bottom slice.  Cover with the top slice and put into a panini maker on medium and cook until the croissant is golden brown and the chocolate is melted.  Enjoy with coffee and a good book!

The cream cheese holds all of the ingredients together, the chocolate is gooey and melty, and the warm raspberries are eye-rollingly good.  The panini press toasts the croissants (no need to add butter) and fuses it together to hold the filling inside.  It is flaky, crispy and buttery.  But really, do I need to convince you any more?


Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

This beautiful photo is tempting me so... I just may have to buy some croissants next time I'm at the store!

Zil said...

Just looking at this makes me gain 5 pounds!

Anna said...

That recipe looks so do-able!

And, yes. Everything sounds better in French!