A French-Inspired Recipe
Paris. It is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Back during my traveling days, (ahem circa late 90s) I went to Paris three times because I fell in love with the city. Everything about it was lovely especially the language. It was beautiful. I tried to communicate in the native tongue, but after my best attempts they would always smile and then, politely say:
“Vous êtes américain”
(translation: “You are an American”)
One time when I visited I actually got to live with friends instead of staying in a hotel. And I was shocked to see they didn’t even have a proper refrigerator. They had what we would call a dorm room fridge. They had no need for it since they shopped everyday right after work for fresh food to make their quick and easy culinary recipes. It was a different lifestyle. I loved it. It was Paris.
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I loved the smell of a baguette being baked in the morning, the sight of business people, Moms with little children, and bachelors walking home with a fresh baguette loaf stuffed under their arms for the evening’s meal. My first taste of pain au chocolat, I devoured, and I don’t even like croissants or any pastry for that matter. But I was smitten and have been on the hunt, ever since, for french-inspired chocolate treats.
Flash Forward many years, many children and many eating problems later, I find this book:
It’s a really good read and there is a part when she is in France and her mother-in-law comes over to help her make dinner. She makes the children a delicious treat to keep them happy and satisfied till the meal is ready. I believe the French term is Tartine Chocolat. (translation: Chocolate Bread). Well, this is my step-by-step version of the delicious, french-inspired Chocolate Bread that you and your children will love! Scroll to the bottom to get the printable recipe.
1) French Baguette (Gluten-Free Baguette will work as well)
2) Dark Chocolate that is minimum 70% cocoa
3) Butter or I love using Nutiva Shortening (a healthy combination of Red Palm Oil and Coconut Oil); You can’t even tell the difference.
4) Don’t forget the salt. I love using Himalayan Pink Salt because of it’s health benefits.
Using your bread knife, slice the bread in 1-inch thickness increments.
Add butter in between every slice.
Slice, chop, shave or just break up the pieces of chocolate. And then put a piece in between each slice.
Important step: Be careful of who you choose as your assistant Chef. They might eat up all the chocolate before you’re finished. But what a great way to learn home economics while homeschooling.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min.
Serve warm. Enjoy!
This Blessed Journey's Tartine Chocolat (Chocolate Bread)
- French Baguette (Gluten-Free Baguette will work as well)
- Dark Chocolate minimum 70% cocoa
- Butter (Kerry Gold unsalted) or Nutiva Shortening
- Himalayan Pink Salt
Step 1: Slice the bread in 1 inch increments
Next : Add butter in between each slice
Then : Break up or slice chocolate and insert in between each slice
Remember to: Sprinkle with salt
Wrap in foil and bake at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes
Final Step: Enjoy the gooey goodness!
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