Sunday, January 22, 2012

No pain in Pain au Chocolat

There are two irresistible temptations that I just can't refuse.

Hot baked bread is the first and

to no surprise chocolate is the second.

But when you combine these two taste sensations together...... it's a taste bud explosion that calls my name.
Which I eagerly comply without hesitation.

Pain au Chocolat
(French pronunciation
Chocolate Bread
(English translation)

I created a shortcut to achieving this chocolate delight.
So, here is my easy recipe that will be a delightful treat for anyone's special

What you'll need is a can (any size), labeled removed, washed/dried and generously greased.

Rhodes frozen Texas rolls.
One package of your favorite chocolate chips.

Here's the method:
Defrost rolls just until thawed, but not rising.
Layer dough balls in the bottom of the can alternating with a layer of chocolate chips, repeating until you've reached half way from the top. This will allow room for the dough to rise to the top without spilling over.
Cover and set aside to rise, then pop in the oven bake until golden brown.
The smell is intoxicating.

To enhance the flavor try a drizzle of Nutella
over the chips or across the top when the bread is cool

Now it's time to decorate.

A print of french love letters made for a festive bread wrap. I made up a few styles of tags. This tag has the (dictionary) definition of love with a #14 Happy Valentines Day medallion.
Compliments of my friend Catherine at
Sugar Baby .
Her shop is filled with beauty and charm...just like her.

I used a variegated red and cream colored cotton twine ( from my shop) it is much thicker than traditional bakers twine.
Which worked out ideally for this bread.

The second version is a vintage hang tag that completes this Valentine.


La Table De Nana said...

What a beautiful post..Thank you!

sjmcdowell said...

Hello Sweet Sara,

So very happy to have you visit me today on my blog and for your wonderfully sweet comments too!!
Oh my goodness...You have whipped up something that is causing me to drool all over my keyboard!!! :)
I remember years ago when I visited Holland, someone told me to visit the bakery's and ask for a croissant dipped in chocolate...your wonderful recipe reminds me of that wonderful croissant of years past!
I love yummy!
this is something I will make for my Mom maybe for her 92nd birthday in February!! Although I may have to make some sooner ...of course to make sure I get the recipe just right!!! :)

Hugs to You my dear friend!! :)

Blessings always,


wendy said...

oh my dear friend...what I NEED
is YOU, here to make it for me
equisit.............plain WOW

Burlap Luxe said...

O, my I am in love with this posting, I am so going to try this. I love the presentation of it the decorated can with ephemera paper book art and tags it doesn't get any more tasty with romance for the taste buds then this :)

Thank you for your beautiful visit hope to see you soon, I will be checking in on you soon :)


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO You had me at the need to go any further because BREAD IS LIFE AND YUMMY AND well, my favorite food on the planet! When I was in France I ate beyond my quota of bread and I did not care about gaining any weight. I walked so much that I even LOST weight!! But now, you add the second most delicious thing in the world and you have created culinary heaven on earth. Oh Sara, this is a wonderful presentation!!! THANK YOU for coming my way last night and letting me know about this! I believe we have "met" before, but it has been a while! ENJOY creating more lovely confections with a French flair. C'est si délicieux!! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH! Do you know the French blog, Le Journal Gourmand de Sacha? SHE MAKES THE MOST INCREDIBLE RECIPES in her French country home in Provence and her photos are killer diller beautiful, like yours! Anita

bj said...

OMYGOSH...SARA....I am totally going to make this. Funny thing....I just yesterday bought a pkg of the frozen rolls. I have all the ingredients but will have to find a large can. All I have are the small ones. Can't wait to make this. Chocolate Bread sounds like you've died and gone to heaven.....:))

Was sooo glad to hear from you, sweet lady. Thanks for coming by...and please come again soon. I'll let you know when I make this delight. Mr. Sweet is going to love me forever and ever...amen. :))
xoxo bj

Betzie said...

Oh my heavens Sara!!!!! This is just so scrumptious looking and DIVINE!
I will have to try this on Valentine's day for the family!
I'm doing fine here, keeping busy with projects...thanks so much for thinking of me this morning!
Nice to see you as always and hope you are having a wonderful new year so far! xo Betzie

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Sara!

It was so wonderful to see you today! Thanks for the invitation to tea... it was so tasty and calming. But the Pain au Chocolat... oh be still my heart!! It's a culinary dream! Thank you for sharing such a delicious Valentines treat, although I need to be on the previous post with the no-calorie scented candles LOL.
You are the best!!
Big hugs, Sherry

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sara,
Thank you for stopping by and your invitation to tea and Pain au Chocolat. Your recipe looks divine. Perfect for a special Valentine.
I have so enjoyed catching up with your wonderful posts.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and visit. What a treat to see you tonight on this raining, cold and windy evening here in Texas. Blessings to you dear one.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Wonderful, Sara! I can't wait to try it myself!

Rosie said...

Mmmmmm I can s m e l l the goodness. What a perfect bit of LOVE to pass onto that special someone...and the packaging is charming.
Yes, I will pop a little something up on the site for Valentines Day very soon. Thanks so much for the great cuppa...happy day, Rosie

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

How many rolls did you use in one can?

Mary said...

Sara, this is a beautiful post and I will soon be trying your pain au chocolat. The link to conchas has been restored and the dropped biscuits are similar to those you asked about. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, I almost ate my computer screen!! Maybe I should serve those at the dress form ball. Goodness if the form from Shabby Fu fu came she would certainly be the belle of the ball!!


Barbara Jean said...

That bread looks yummy!!

thanks for visiting

barbara jean

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sara,

What a delightful post and I would love to share a pain au chocolat and a cup of coffee with you.
Such divine treats you have shared.

Happy Wednesday and thanks for visiting me.

Jean Tuthill said...

Oh YUM! Chocolate and Valentines Day--Love them both! I'll have to try your bread, looks absolutely delish!!!

Cora said...

Sounds yummy and looks like fun!! A great easy idea!! Thanks for your visit with me....I always enjoy them!!

SmilingSally said...

Ooo, please excuse me while I run to get a towel . . . my drool is all over my keyboard!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OMG, Sara! That is decadent! : ) I have got to find gluten free bread/rolls that I can use to do this. I love the way you've decorated it, as well, for gift giving.

Chatty Crone said...

That looks almost sinful - love it. sandie

Diane said...

Thank you for the sweet comment on my post and for inviting you over for tea. This looks so wonderful - AND EASY! How pretty it looks when you have it all finished. Diane

Shelia said...

Hi Sara! Oh, my goodness this looks fantastic! That is one tasting looking yumminess!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Hi Sara! Oh, my goodness this looks fantastic! That is one tasting looking yumminess!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

I love pain au chocolat, especially with a warm coffee.

Wanted to thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog about the feature, it's especially bittersweet for us here and means so much you taking the time to comment, Sara. Your comments are always dear to my heart. Thank you.

Monica said...

Hello Sara,
many thanks for your lovely message!
My, your pain au chocolat is truly yummy, and even more because of your creative wrapping! Really really inviting and beautiful.

By Nela said...

Riquisimo!!!He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado. Desde hoy lo sigo, si lo deseas te invito a conocer mi blog y si es de tu agrado, me gustaría tenerte como seguidora en mi blog para seguir en contacto. Un saludo muy cordial.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Dearest Sara...I am..overwhelmed. Your blog is not only gorgeous but everything is so delicious looking. What a lovely post. I haven't tried Nutella..not sure why as every one I know has. After reading your post I very probably will! :)
Thank you for stopping by..since I have been so remiss in blogging..I was delighted that you took the time. :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh my goodness! I have to try this! You're a girl after my heart ~ I agree ~ bread and chocolate are favs, but combining the two might put me over the edge. Thanks for sharing the how to, and your presentation of it is adorable! laurie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh My! I'll bet these smell amazing! I could just dive headfirst into this.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

OH my goodness! Can you ship one of those yummies! Mercy...that looks soooo good!

Sares said...

This could be dangerous. All of it. Because once I start I wouldn't want to stop! Yummeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Red Rose Alley said...

I visited your blog today. Your blog is so lovely filled with lots of yummy treats. The chocolate croissants look delightful. My daughters never tasted better croissants than when they visited Paris. They said they melted in their mouth. We started a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog has so many wonderful ideas on it, and is very cheerful to me. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Rettabug said...

These turned out great, Sara! I used a ♥ shaped tube from Pampered Chef recently & they didn't turn out anywhere near as tempting as, you've got CHOCOLATE!!! Yummo!

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, this looks wonderful! Bread and chocolate .... How much better does it get? :-) Sue