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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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Fast French Chocolate Mousse

Close up of French Chocolate Mousse

Once a year my mother would make chocolate mousse. It was usually at Christmas time.

 

Well, it’s not Christmas but for Mother’s Day I thought making mom’s mousse recipe would be a fitting way to celebrate. Right now my mom and dad are living abroad at the moment as medical missionaries so communication is with sporadic emails. For Mother’s Day I’m remembering mom by making her mousse recipe. It’s simple – chocolate, heavy cream, eggs (they’re not cooked). My mom always ordered fresh heavy cream for the milk man. I was able to get mine through a special order from my CSA, Fresh Fork Market.

 

 Chocolate Mousse

 

Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes or less

Servings: About 6

 

Ingredients

6 ozs. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 1/2 tbsp. water

2 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup heavy cream

 

Directions

  1. In a glass measuring cup, melt the chocolate chips with water in the microwave. Whisk until smooth and allow to cool.
  2. In a blender, blend together the eggs, vanilla, and sugar for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cream and blend again for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chocolate mixture into the blender and blend for another minute.
  5. Pour the mousse into 6 glass containers (4-oz. ramekins work well).
  6. Refrigerate overnight and serve with whipped cream and fresh berries.
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