There once was a young man who took a chance
On living with a philandering woman in France.
He’d say “oh this could be so neat,
“Look at all the things there are to eat,
But dammit, woman, keep on your pants!”
She didn’t care for my suggestion, and eventually I took off. Isn’t it funny how sometimes we are convinced if we just love someone enough, that alone will help the other person stop unhealthy behavior?
In any case, France, and Paris, in particular, are awfully fine places to find bakery products. In our apartment in the 10th, we had any number of fresh bakeries nearby, and often early in the morn’, our courthouse would act like a bakery’s chimney, and the pleasant wafts of freshly baked baguettes or pains de chocolate, would rise into the courtyard, float delicately through our bedroom or kitchen window, and beckon me and my horrible French to the street below.
Thank god I had fingers to point with!
I have never missed much about Paris or that woman, but I have missed croissants, and it’s a product Americans have yet to figure out, who to make and bake well.
But leave it to Trader Joe’s to find a supplier of a product that lives up to both THEIR and my own standards! Their line of frozen croissants (regular, mini, and chocolate) are absolutely superb, and it’s hard to find a disparaging word about any of them online.
Some people might find these to be “too much work”, because you have to remember to leave them out overnight to proof. But it’s worth it, certainly. In the morning, the virginal white rolls have thawed, shaped, and are ready for a few minutes in the oven to turn them into the most reasonable facsimile of a Parisian baker’s effort.
They truly are excellent. As a treat for Mrs. BDB, I sliced a couple lengthwise before baking, and stuffed them with Belgian chocolate. ( It was a big week at the BurgerDogBoy household for Trader Joe’s heat & eat! )
Eating these croissants right from the oven, these suckers will delight your family or guests, and especially the chillun’.