Pain au Chocolat

Pain au Chocolate

At times, I can be very domestic. I spend more time in the kitchen than anyone normally should. Baking, cooking, eating and repeating. I love the process of it all. There is a simple beauty in being able to create something utterly delicious out of few ingredients. And nobody can do this better than the French.

Croissants are ubiquitous in modern society, and unfortunately, can be found everywhere. From specialist patisseries, to local bakeries and shockingly even to packaged versions stacked on supermarket shelves… it’s hard to believe that they were once only available in France!

This oversaturation and availability of the infamous French pastry, does however, lead to a truly disappointing croissant… it seems that the more people demand croissants, the more processed they become and the worse they evidently taste.

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No purchased croissant, (unless from Pierre Herme) can quite replicate the taste of one that is home-baked from scratch… trust me, I have tried almost every croissant available on the market. So this week, after craving the true, traditional and buttery taste of a home-made croissant – I decided to make my own.  

I have strong childhood memories of Pain au Chocolat, more commonly known as chocolate croissants. They were my special occasion after school reward. I fondly remember ripping open the pastry first, to devour the melted dark chocolate inside… and then taking my time to savour the last of the golden pastry. It was these I was craving… what’s not to love about buttery, melt-in-the-mouth pastry filled with oozing chocolate?

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Despite the common pre-conception, croissants are really not difficult to make… as long as you understand some basic principles. The dough is made up of a mixture of flour, milk and yeast which is rolled with a thick slab of butter. It’s then folded and chilled, many times. This process, called lamination, creates thin sheets of butter layered into dough. In the oven, the warmth causes the butter to push the dough layers up, which results in a buttery and flaky pastry, much like puff. The process seems like a culinary feat but the reward of fresh and flaky croissants far outweighs every ounce of effort.

After ample kneading, folding and chilling… and a lot of waiting, I was finally content with the result.  The Pain au Chocolat were golden, slightly crisp and filled with an oozing melted chocolate filling, swirled throughout the buttery pastry. They were full of rich flavour and tasted like decadent pillows of air, just the way croissants should.

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These Pain au Chocolat may be simple, both in ingredients and appearance, but the flavour is both remarkable and indulgent… something definitely worth experiencing. They are a delicious delight on their own or are perfect to be complimented alongside a strong cup of black coffee (and newspaper) for a simple and luxurious treat.

Nothing compares to a warm and buttery home-made croissant straight from the oven, the richness and depth of flavour is indescribable and something that cannot be replicated from any purchased version. You can truly bring the decadent taste of France to your own kitchen with these Pain au Chocolat.

Pain au Chocolat
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Serves: 16
  • 4 cups (600g) plain flour, with extra to dust
  • ¼ cup (50g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 (8g) packet of instant dried yeast
  • 1½ cups (375ml) of warm milk
  • 1½ cups (375ml) chilled unsalted butter
  • 350g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 egg, whisked
  1. In a small bowl, gently combine the yeast and warm milk. Set aside to prove until foamy for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast and mix on a low speed for 1-2 minutes, or until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium-low and mix until the dough is smooth, 2-3 minutes. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and roughly knead for 5 to 10 minutes or until the dough holds its firm shape. (Sprinkle with extra flour and re-knead if still tacky). Chill and cover for 1.5 hours.
  3. Take the butter out of the refrigerator. Let sit for 10 minutes, until slightly softened but still firm. Dust the butter with flour and place between two sheets of baking paper. Using a rolling pin, roll a 13x20 cm (5x8 inch) rectangle about 1.5 cm (2/3 inch) thick. Dust with flour to prevent it from sticking. Wrap in cling film and place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to slightly harden. You want the butter to be about the same consistency as the dough.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface and flatten the dough. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 25 cm (10 inch) square about 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick. Place the butter in the center, and rotate it so it faces you like a diamond. Take the dough corners and fold them in to meet in the center. Seal and press to enclose the butter.
  5. Roll the dough into a 30x40 cm (12x16 inch) rectangle. With the longest end facing you, fold the dough into third layers to overlap. Wrap in cling film and chill for 1 hour.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, roll out again and fold into thirds as before. Wrap and rest again in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Repeat this process three times.
  7. For the final time, turn and roll as before. This time, fold the two ends into the center to meet and fold together as if closing a book. Wrap and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  8. When ready to make the Pain au Chocolate. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and rest for 15 minutes. Cut the dough evenly in half. Grease and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  9. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to make 5 mm (1/4 inch) thick, 25 x 80 cm (10x32 inch) rectangle. Trim the edges to straighten. Cut eight rectangles at 10 cm (4 inch) intervals.
  10. On the shortest side of a rectangle sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the chocolate to make a 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick line and fold over once to enclose. Place another 2 tablespoons of chocolate across the dough in front of the fold and again fold over to enclose, creating two lines of chocolate filling. Continue with remaining rectangles.
  11. Arrange the Pain au Chocolat about 4 cm (1½ inches) apart on the prepared baking trays. Set aside in a warm, draft free place to prove for 1½ hours, until puffy. Repeat process with remaining dough and triangles.
  12. Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F). Brush the Pain au Chocolat with the egg. Bake for 15 minutes or until, puffed, flaky and golden brown. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through for even baking. Transfer onto a rack to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe slightly adapted from Baking: Wholesome Sweets & Treats by Rachael Lane
For step by step process photo instructions refer to: Top with Cinnammon ‘Chocolate Croissants‘ and ‘Croissant Dough‘ 

Pain au Chocolate


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  • Reply Madhvi November 9, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Made these today and they were soo good. I’d give 6 stars if I could! Recipe was simple to follow and the taste was out of this world. First time attempting croissants and I couldn’t be happier

  • Reply Mariah Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates January 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

    My husband and I are obsessed with croissants! That melted chocolate looks so good! We are going to have to try these. 🙂

  • Reply Caroline@PickledPlum November 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    One of my favorite breakfasts of all time. When pain au chocolat is made the right way, it’s hard to beat don’t you agree Thalia? Crispy, chewy, warm and gooey… Soooo Yummy!

  • Reply Chloe @ The loveliest food October 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Wow, these look incredible! Pain-au-chocolat is one of my favourite treat breakfasts so I’m really excited to give these a try at home.

    Really glad to have visited your blog too, it’s gorgeous and I’m sure I’ll be back time and time again now!


    Chloe x

  • Reply Natasha October 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    These look so perfect. I’ve never made croissants from scratch but I’ve always wanted to – I think this may just be the recipe for that.

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  • Reply Caroline October 21, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Thalia! These are GORGEOUS! They remind me of a pastry shop I’d pass on my way to school many years ago…I’d stop in every Friday morning and get a pain au chocolat with a hot coffee. I HAVE to make these this weekend and reminisce! xo

  • Reply Danielle | Krafted Koch October 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    After enjoying my very first chocolate croissant in Europe, I have been addicted ever since. If I had to choose a favorite sweet, I think it would be these. They look absolutely divine!

  • Reply Raymund October 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Ohhh I miss Paris, I had a lot of these when we were there last year. Such a nice pastry, crispy but soft with creamy milky chocolate filling. Definitely will try your recipe

  • Reply Alli @ Taking Care of Monkey Business October 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my gosh.. this has me drooling. They look so good! I went to France once, and my taste buds will never be the same 🙂

  • Reply EMANUELLE @mANU'S kITCHEN October 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Oh man am I glad to have discovered your blog!! Your recipes all look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try a few of them out, especially theses bad boys!!

  • Reply Cakespy October 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    These are just lovely. The chocolate is so toasty it almost looks like milk chocolate! I sure could go for one (or ten) right now.

  • Reply Susan | Simple Healthy Kitchen October 18, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Drool! Drool! Drool!….these look so amazing. I’m now craving Pain au Chocolat!

  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry October 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Dont think I am brave enough to try these myself but I can certainly dream. Lovely photo as usual. PS I could not find you on twitter??

    • Reply thalia October 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thanks for stopping by Bintu. I’m not on twitter – definitely need to create an account soon though.

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 17, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I’d wake up for these gorgeous treats! I’ve never made croissants before but you do make it sound very easy. Beautiful photos. 🙂

  • Reply Connie @ sprig anD flours October 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I LOVE pain au chocolat. I never thought about making my own until now. I can’t wait to try. They look so beautiful and delicious!!

  • Reply Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen October 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Wow- I haven’t done this in years. I can’t remember why I stopped 🙂 There is nothing like homemade croissants. I love the chocolate oozing out. Amazing.

  • Reply Juliana October 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    OMG! This look awesome…love that they are loaded with chocolate…beautiful shots!
    Have a great day Thalia 😀

  • Reply Dini @ giramuks kitchen October 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Thalia, It’s like you’ve been reading my mind!! I was craving for a good croissant and was looking for a good recipe! These look perfect and I cannot wait to try it out!
    Wish I didn’t have to wait and just have one that you had made though! :p

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali October 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    looks so fancy Thalia, perfect to be sold in a high-end French pastry! Can’t get over how incredible these look! Yum x 100000! Pinning!

  • Reply Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire October 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    These look incredible! Your talent both awes and inspires me! I would love to make croissants at home… and I often tell myself that I will each and every weekend, but I always think of them as being too time consuming for me to tackle and I must wait for a longer stretch of free time to try them. I know… excuses, excuses.

    Anyway, pain au chocolat is one of my favorites to eat as well and these look…. perfect!

  • Reply Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. October 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Oh my goodness.. I think these are my favorite photos of yours so far (although they are all amazing). The pastry looks so soft, and that chocolate!!

  • Reply Tash October 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Although the universal production of croissants is great for casual snackers…it really does mean that their true authenticity becomes pretty dissipated into the big world of processed foods! There is something so beautiful about conjuring something amazing up from just a few ingredients, I agree! I also think that these are magical, though I don’t think I could make them as perfect as you…Yum 🙂

  • Reply Maggie | Omnivore's Cookbook October 16, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I never saw a pain au chocolat THESE GOOD! Seriously!
    Talking about over-saturation of French pastry, I’d hope it will happen in China! Can you believe in a big city like Beijing, you cannot even find a decent croissant?
    Croissant is my favorite French pastry, but I never dared to cook them at home, after I read the super long recipe from Julia Child’s book. I really need to try this recipe out!

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen October 16, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Hot damn these look amazing! 😀
    You have no idea how much I want to eat my laptop screen right now!

  • Reply Carla (@charliesue) October 16, 2014 at 4:37 am

    OH, HEAVENS. These look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe- and the motivational words about them actually being simpler to make than we would think! 🙂

  • Reply ATasteOfMadness October 16, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Oh my goodness. This is like all my dreams come true! I love the look of this!

  • Reply Danielle L October 16, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Wow, to both the food and the photographs! How amazing to pull these out for a special brunch!

  • Reply lisaiscooking October 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I would love to have a tray of these home-baked treats in my kitchen right now! They look divine.

  • Reply Lori - The Kitchen Whisperer October 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Oh Thalia this looks beyond amazing! I just want to crawl into my screen and sneak one (or 4) of them!

    Bravo my friend!!!

  • Reply Josefine {the smoothie lover} October 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, these look delicious. You are so good at making them. I once tried making my own croissants but they turned out so ugly 🙁
    This recipe sounds pretty good though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina October 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make these, but totally don’t have the guts to! Yours look AMAZING!! Pinned!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice October 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, I’m literally in awe of how amazing this looks! Just when I think you can’t get any better, you come out with an even tastier recipe! Love it, Thalia! These chocolate filled beauties look amazing!

  • Reply Melanie @ Bon Appet'Eat October 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, oh my oh my… I am French so imagine my feeling. It was quite a withdrawal when I move to Canada. Pinning for later 🙂

  • Reply Leah | So, How's It Taste? October 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    These look heavenly! I’m drooling over that chocolate oozing out. I’ve never made my own croissants, but I’d love to try starting with this recipe!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean October 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Well done, Thalia! Patience and love for these wonderful, flaky, bundles of joy! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • Reply Lisa@bakebellissima October 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This post is so inspiring! I have been meaning to make croissants from scratch for a while now! Beautiful results, Thalia!

  • Reply David @ Spiced October 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Thalia, I am beyond impressed at your baking skills! I made pain au chocolat one time, and it seemed like it took forever to laminate the dough. But your post has inspired me to get in the kitchen and make some croissants again! Thank you for sharing this awesomeness! 🙂

  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity October 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    These are beautiful! Alex, the other half of Veganosity, is a Francophile too, and she says the same thing about crepes. You don’t know what a true one tastes like until you’ve had one from a street vendor in Paris. This is a recipe I’ll have to try to veganize. I hope vegan butter will work because the pictures are making me drool!

  • Reply Sharon @ what the fork food blog October 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    These look AMAZING! I’ll take them all please!

  • Reply Natalia October 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    OMG I just realized I’ve been pinning/liking/favoriting this recipe all over the web and now I know who’s behind this legit foodporn!! These seriously look out of this world I’m going to make these ASAP for like a good weekend breakfast nomnomnom.

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext October 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

    LOVE Pain au chocolat, one of my favourite weekend treats! These look super scrumptious, Thalia!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter October 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    These are gorgeous Thalia! Totally 1000x better than any store-bought. Love this recipe – pinning 🙂

  • Reply Bach October 15, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Oh my gosh, Thalia, these look absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure October 15, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I couldn’t agree more.. homemade croissant are so much better than anything store -bought. While in Paris I served some wonderful mind is still there sometimes:)

  • Reply Jackie October 15, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Thank you for finding me and my creamy balsamic dressing so that I could find you and this pan au chocolat. It’s my absolute favorite and I can’t wait to try your recipe! xo

  • Reply Victoria October 15, 2014 at 3:24 am

    These look amazing!! There is not a whole lot I love more than chocolate croissants. Delicious…now I’m craving one.

  • Reply Sarah @ Savoring Spoon October 15, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I love that the ingredient list is so simple — and that chocolate filling inside! These look like amazing breakfast food. Perfect with a cup of coffee!

  • Reply Sarah | Savoring Spoon October 15, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I love that the ingredient list is so simple — and that chocolate filling inside! These look like amazing breakfast food. Perfect with a cup of coffee 🙂

  • Reply Shinee October 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Oh, Thalia. I don’t know how many times I swallowed my saliva reading through this post. Totally delicious. Luckily, I have a few frozen homemade croissants in the freezer that I’m going to take out now and eat in the morning. The homemade croissants are truly worth every effort!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways October 15, 2014 at 2:07 am

    The bread looks soft plus the comforting creaminess of the chocolate. This is a winner!

    Gourmet Getaways

  • Reply Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers October 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Wow! I think it would be dangerous for me to have these around. But I’m willing to live dangerously 😉 Beautiful.

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

    These croissants look absolutely divine! I’ve always been to afraid to try and make them but this post really makes me want to give them a go!

  • Reply shelley @ Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} October 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    gorgeous! croissants have been on my to-make list for everrr… these look great!

  • Reply Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. October 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Mmm, croissants are on my baking bucket list, definitely need to try these soon! That chocolate looks amazing!

  • Reply Dedy@Dentist Chef October 14, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    i love to eat this but the funny things is i just known the name,
    i just made my own puff pastry too for my beef wellington and i hope it’s turn out good!!!

  • Reply Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook October 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Thalia, these look utterly scrumptious! I’ve not made croissant in a long time – I think it’s time for another batch!

  • Reply Sippitysup October 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Croissants are on my to-do list for a long time. These beauties just encouraged me to move them up even higher on the list. GREG

  • Reply Michaell@Foodscape October 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Oh wow! These are definitely a must on my list! I will be making your recipe…Challenge accepted!

  • Reply Annie @Maebells October 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    How fantastic! These look amazing! You can never have too much chocolate! 🙂

  • Reply Marissa October 14, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    These look absolutely perfect, Thalia! Pain Au Chocolat is one of my favorite pastries…I’ve never made them from scratch, but now I’m inspired!

  • Reply Mira October 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    These look amazing Thalia! My husband loves homemade chocolate croissants! I’ll definitely try to make them, so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Liz October 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Your pastry looks sublime…buttery and filled with chocolate??? Who could resist!!

  • Reply Naina October 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    These pain look so incredibly good! Love the oozing chocolate 🙂 Your photos are spectacular!

  • Reply Olivia @ olivia's cuisine October 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    OMG! I love these!!! I’ve been wanting to take a croissant class since forever, but since you posted this claiming its not too hard, I might give it a try in my own kitchen before I sign up for those classes! 😛 Pinning!!!

  • Reply Immaculate October 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Thalia, I too have childhood memories of pain au chocolate ,but it was not an everyday after school snack for me – More of a special occasion. Your desserts always take me back memory lane. I think it is about time I try making this at home. Thanks for posting.

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Your baking skills are impressive. I’ve never made pastry following the lamination process you have well described. It sounds scary but I guess it is all about patience and willpower 🙂

  • Reply marcie October 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Chocolate croissants are the best, and the ones I go for every time. These look delicious!

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy Food Dance October 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    This is my all time favorite pastry! Can you ever go wrong with buttery, flaky pastry stuffed with chocolate?!? I always thought it would be too hard to make at home though.

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish October 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Just shared this on facebook too! Apparently today is national dessert day in the United States.

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful Thalia – they look like they should be in some fancy French bakery! I’ve never made this before, but I’d love to give it a try – it’s absolutely gorgeous and looks mouth-watering. Pinned!

    • Reply thalia October 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Love it, Thanks Kristi! x

  • Reply Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust October 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Croissants are totally on my bucket list. I am in love with these!

    • Reply thalia October 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Dorothy! x

  • Reply Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen October 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I LOVE Pain au Chocolate! When we were in Paris this summer, I definitely did not get my fill of it, but now that you’ve posted this recipe…:D

  • Reply jen @ Baked by an Introvert October 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I am now convinced that I must make my own croissants. I adore these. Pinned!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou October 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Your pain au chocolat reminds me of Paris…oh I can’t wait to go back. It’s one of my fave cities in the world!

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish October 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thalia, I woke up to reading this recipe on email. Wow! You are gifted. Pinned!

    • Reply thalia October 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Suzy! x

  • Reply Cheryl October 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    How funny! It’s hubs’ and my 6-month wedding anniversary and we honeymooned in Paris.. and that man LOVES a pain au chocolate. He calls it “chocolat au pain” so much that I almost say it that way myself… and I believe that’s how he’d prefer it, too – chocolate with some bread. I was planning on making him some of these for a surprise anniversary breakfast, but was like meh.. so much time.. but now this is the blogosphere telling me.. make these! Gorgeous work!

  • Reply Jill October 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Having just come home from France where I enjoyed my fair share of pain au chocolat, I’m definitely eager to try my hand at these soon!

  • Reply Becca from October 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Oh, Thalia! Your talent for working with sheet pastry just inspires me to run to the kitchen and make up a batch of this pain au chocolate! As always, you’ve left me craving tasty sweets in the morning 🙂 P.S. Bonne Maman jam makes me quiver with delight!

  • Reply October 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Thalia, these look gorgeous 🙂 and for so long I have looked at my Paul Hollywood bread baking book, at his recipe of this, thinking I really should try it.

    I’m more inspired to give your recipe a go than his. Top marks, and pinned for future. Thanks 😀

  • Reply Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong October 14, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I love pain au chocolat but ever ever thought of making it from scratch.. absolutely love this recipe. . Looks so beautiful.. Definitely making this.. Pinned!!

    • Reply thalia October 14, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Arpita!

  • Reply Meghan October 14, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I’ve always had a small aversion to homemade pastry, perhaps out of fear, but these look well worth the work! I couldn’t agree more that there’s nothing quite like the kitchen process. Thank you for sharing your own with us. xo

  • Reply Nora @ savoRy nothings October 14, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Oh god Thalia, I LOVE pain au chocolat! Reminds me so much if crisp mornings in Paris, at the café around the corner with a large café au lait… It’s the simpler and best breakfast there is!

    • Reply thalia October 14, 2014 at 7:21 am

      That sounds like such an incredible memory, Nora x

  • Reply Amanda@ChewTown October 14, 2014 at 5:32 am

    My gosh! They look oozy and delicious. Love that you can see the chocolate in them.

  • Reply Abbe @ This is How I Cook October 14, 2014 at 5:16 am

    These take my breath away! Truly worthy of the time it takes.

  • Reply Emily October 14, 2014 at 3:14 am

    oh YUM! I tried making croissants one time and they did not look like these. Very nice!

  • Reply Sarah | Drool-Worthy October 14, 2014 at 2:53 am

    YUM! I love how simple they are – I tend to overdo my recipes, so this would be a nice change of pace. Beautiful!

  • Reply Lisa H. October 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

    gorgeous pain au chocolat 😀
    I wish I have the patience to make the dough from scratch.

  • Reply Liz @ Floating Kitchen October 14, 2014 at 2:41 am

    These look incredible! I think you’ve convinced me to try making my own croissants at home!

  • Reply Nguyet @ Taming of the Spoon October 14, 2014 at 2:37 am

    A friend of mine, who was in Paris this summer, and I were reminiscing about the amazing croissants one can get in France. She has been wondering how she could make them at home. I can’t wait to show her this recipe.

  • Reply Jenna October 14, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I’ve never attempted to make my own croissants before. I’ll have to add that to my bucket list.

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