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This baker's delight includes puff pastry and chocolate....

One of my absolute favorite things are fresh baked croissants. Especially the almond filled croissants. And in a close second are the chocolate filled ones. There are two bakeries fairly close to me...yet still a bit too far for a quick run...that make killer almond croissants. BUT they go fast and I'm not always in time to get to one when I do make my way to one of them. A while ago, when I first got it, I bookmarked a recipe in Nigella Express...a chocolate croissant recipe. Since I am too lazy to make my own puff pastry at home my kitchen is way too small to roll out puff pastry at home, I figured that Nigella's recipe using packaged puff pastry would come in a very close second! And how fitting that our theme over at I Heart Cooking Clubs this weeks is Baker's Delight...because for this lazy baker...this recipe was a true delight :)Chocolate Croissants
from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson 
Half a 17.2 oz packet ready-rolled puff pastry
2 1/2 oz chocolate (milk or dark, depending on taste)
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Unfurl the sheet of pastry and then cut it into 4 squares. Cut each square diagonally to give 2 triangles (they will appear quite small). Put the triangle with the wider part facing you and the point away from you.
Break off small pieces of chocolate...look at this rich, dark chocolate I used, yum...Place it about 3/4" up from the wide end nearest you. Carefully roll from that chocolate-loaded end toward the point of the triangle. You should now have something resembling a straight croissant. Seal it lightly with your fingertips and curl it around into a crescent. Mine are kind of wonky looking...but it didn't matter in the end.Place the chocolate croissants on a lined baking sheet and paint with the beaten egg. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and puffy and exuberantly, if miniaturely, croissant-like (I love listening to Nigella describe food). Next time I'm quadrupling the recipe and filling half with chocolate and half with almond paste...simple baking genius. I think I have a girl-crush on Nigella.
Aren't you in the mood to bake up some goodness? Check out some Nigella recipes and head on over...
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