By Tsz on March 13, 2012
My first experience was when I visited Europe (1st timer!) last year. I had just landed at the Orly airport during the last leg of my European adventures and was absolutely famished. Due to a lack of funds (Europe is not cheap I tell you), I settled on this unassuming pastry from the airport’s bakery for my first dinner in Paris. It was heavenly.
Layers upon layers of flaky pastry surrounding a dark chocolate bar that’s in a semi-liquidly state, it was a rhapsody in carbs and sugar. Needless to say, I attempted to eat one for each day I was in Paris. Fortunately for my waistline, I walked everywhere—partly due to my curiosity and partly due to the lack of understanding of the metro system.
Ever since I got back, I craved pain au chocolat. Mercifully, the experience can be closely recreated at home, sans the $1000 plane ticket.
Believe it or not, Trader Joe’s has a top-notch pain au chocolat (or chocolate croissant as they like to call it) in the freezer aisle. All you need is to plop the little pastry bundles on a cookie sheet, let them rise over night (they expand 4 times its own size) and bake for 20-30 minutes. Et voila, a taste of Paris!
Best paired with a vroom vroom red nail polish a la Chanel 475 Dragon for a balanced breakfast. Bon appetite!