Lately, I have been reminiscing about France which gave me a serious craving for chocolate pastries. I assure you there will be future posts of French memories. For now, I must focus on the chocolate and the pastry. The daydreaming begins…
A dark-haired woman sits at an outdoor cafe in Paris, sipping a cup of espresso.
A handsome French waiter approaches: “Pain au chocolat, Mademoiselle?”
Skinny, beautiful American woman replies: “Oui, Monsieur! Merci beaucoup!” in her best French accent (which is actually quite terrible in real life but in the fantasy it is perfect!)
(And yes, this is my daydream and I get to be beautiful and skinny in it!)
Woman experiences BLISS. True, unabashed BLISS. She hears an orchestra playing music. She considers running off with handsome French waiter. But first, she must consume pastry.
Where was I? *wipes drool off chin* Oh yes! Pain au chocolat is a pastry of delectable measure. Similar to the croissant in its genetic makeup and filled with chocolate, there is nothing painful about it. The ‘pain’ is simply French for bread.
In honor of the chocolate pastry and to satisfy my ever-growing desires, I made Nutella Turnovers this past weekend. Which, mind you, are not exactly the same as what I enjoyed in Paris. But they are certainly excellent imposters. They were irresistible! I cannot possibly tell you the number of pastries I consumed. I cannot tell you because (a) I truly do not know how many and because (b) I don’t want you to think I am total loser with no self control.
I do know this. It was more than one. And less than eight. (I know!! Terrible.) I had some help with the devouring process in the form of my husband and some dinner guests. (Thank goodness!)
I might not be able to make these again. They pulled me to them like a high powered magnet. I cut one turnover in half, willing myself to be good. It melted in my mouth. Bliss. Twenty minutes later, I had to go back for the other half. And so the dance began with the Nutella Turnover leading the ENTIRE time. Yes, my jeans are a little tight this week. I’m blaming it on PMS.
The creation of these turnovers was so simple. They require six ingredients and I can guarantee you already have at least four in your kitchen. You could easily substitute one tablespoon of a fruit pie filling in for the Nutella. (Hmmm… Fruit or Chocolate? Although the fruit would make it healthy…Right?) I might do cherry or apple turnovers next time. That is IF I let myself make them again. There will have to be guests. And self-control.
Like any good recipe, I stumbled upon this one purely by accident. I happened to notice that The Pioneer Woman (I have mentioned her before and if you have not yet had a chance to check out her site, I highly encourage you to do so!) had a list of sites she likes and the first one was bell’alimento. I’ll be going back to try more of Paula’s recipes. Her photographs alone are divine.
These turnovers would make a great addition to a brunch or breakfast event! I hope you have a chance to try them and experience the bliss for yourself. I’m going to get on my treadmill now. Bon Appétit!