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Fancify Friday: Simple Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate crossiant

We’ve all been there – forgot you were having guests over for dinner or maybe needed a dessert in a hurry? That’s how I came up with this idea for chocolate croissants.

Regular chocolate croissants have dark chocolate tucked inside the buttery layers. No way I have time to make croissants from scratch, let alone the filling and then roll it into the croissant dough. My quick fix is to use premade croissants and then dip them into melted chocolate, making sure to drizzle a little extra chocolate all over the pastry.

I buy my croissants from Costco where they come in large packs available just outside the bakery. I freeze them in sets of 4 to save as something special in my kids’ lunches or for a quick dessert. While you can buy fresh-made croissants, if you’re making these in a hurry it helps if the pastry is a bit cold so that the chocolate sets faster.

Here’s how to make simple chocolate croissants:

  1. Ingredients to have on hand – 6 croissants, 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chocolate candy wafers, waxed paper, fresh fruit and powder sugar (opt.)
  2. Chill the croissants if they’re not already frozen.
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 1 minute increments until the chips appear shiny. Whisk with a fork.
  4. Dip one end of each croissant into the chocolate and then place onto waxed paper. Use the extra chocolate to drizzle the side that wasn’t dipped.
  5. Place the croissants in the fridge until the chocolate is set.
  6. To serve, place one croissant on the plate and dust with powdered sugar or cocoa powder. Put fresh fruit like peach or banana slices to the side.
  7. Savor each bite.

 

 

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Fancify Friday: egg roll bowls

Egg Roll rice bowl

My kids know that I like to “fancify” meals. I’m sure there’s some sort of French word for our made up one. The idea: to present your food in a fun way. Make it a little fancy. Our fancifying comes from different places: sometimes we try making something we ate at restaurant, sometimes it’s a creative way to get my kids to try something new. But this time, it was all about using up an ingredient I didn’t want to go bad in the fridge.

 

I made Asian Mex avocado egg rolls earlier this week so I still have a few wrappers on hand. So when I was making a stir fry the other day, I wanted a cool way to put the rice on the plate–enter the egg roll bowl. I found a recipe for mini morning quiches from Nasoya, which I still want to try, but I thought I could use the same technique. These bowls were so simple and fun to make my kids kept brainstorming during dinner other ways we could fill them. I’m thinking a dessert egg roll bowl would be good–wouldn’t it? Maybe a bananas foster egg roll bowl…

 

Recipe

Servings: As many as you want!

Prep time: 10 minutes + baking for 10

 

Ingredients:

Large egg roll wrappers (Nasoya wonton wrappers work well)

Fillings–let your kids decide

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray the underside of your muffin pan with cooking oil.
  3. Working with one wrapper at a time, drape the egg roll over the inverted muffin cup to form a cup. For folds, I brushed a little water on the wrapper to help them stick together when baking.
  4. Bake for 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully! These bowls will burn easily.
  5. Gently pop the bowls off of the muffin pan.
  6. Enjoy!
And here's how my grade schooler served up apples recently

And here’s how my grade schooler served up apples recently…fancified

 

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