Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Baked Aldi Pain au Chocolat French Toast


Are you an Aldi Shopper?  I do like shopping there, but mostly for specialty items.  It’s fun to just wander the aisles and see what is new and different.  Something I found recently is a delicious breakfast item that I keep buying over and over.  In the bakery section, you can find Pain Au Chocolat; individually wrapped flaky, croissant type pastries with dark chocolate on the inside.  My favorite way to eat them is to put one in the toaster oven until the chocolate melts and the outside gets just a bit crispy and warm.

For a little extra on a special morning (or just because) try this simple recipe I put together to use them up. You could also use regular, plain croissants, sliced in half with chocolate chips in the middle.

To make:

Coat an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Place 5-6 Pain au Chocolat in the dish, packed close together. 

Whisk together 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 T vanilla.  Pour over pastries and then press pastries gently to submerge.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips on the top.  Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until set.

To finish, sprinkle 1 tsp of sugar on the top and broil for a minute or two until top is crispy.

Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream. 

Enjoy the chocolaty goodness.

Found in the bakery section of your local Aldi


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Easter Weekend Florida Style


We were blessed to be able to spend our Easter weekend with both friends and family and in both instances, found a feeling of normalcy and hope. Like so many, last Easter was spent at home, just the two of us.  We missed our Good Friday tradition of Stations of the Cross, followed by a bit of bar hopping with friends.  A tradition that began in Michigan and has since been carried on in Florida.  And, the Easter season is a prime time for family visitors here in Florida, but that was not happening last year as well.

This year, with the vaccine in all our arms, we were able to celebrate together, give hugs and generally pick up on life as we knew it before the word lockdown came into our vocabulary.  Spring and the Easter season always feel hopeful, but this year, the smiles on our faces seem just a bit brighter.

I hope you felt the same.

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