Monday, February 21, 2011

My young chefs

 (artwork by Piera)

My students love to eat.  I am encouraging them to learn to cook.  I've blogged about this before, but I haven't posted photos of their creations in a while.  I am very proud of all of them.  (Some even find recipes here at The Sabbatical Chef!)  From Nicolas' pains au chocolat to Sophie's blueberry tart, to all the macarons and madeleines in between, I love it when they bring in their creations.  Some of them start off very apologetic, in case a classmate doesn't like what they've made.  I cut that off quickly.  Julia Child said that we should never apologize for what we cook.  I am completely with her on that.  We all agree to try what is served to us unless we are allergic to something in the recipe.
Here are some of the treats we've experienced so far this year--
(The coffee is mine...)

The easiest recipe (and probably their favorite one, truth be told) is for pain au chocolat.


Pillsbury crescent rolls
Chocolate, milk or dark (bar, chips, pieces)
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375F.
Pop open the can and unroll the dough.  You can bake them as triangles, the shape the dough comes in or make rectangles by pinching two rectangles together (this is the shape for the pastry in French bakeries).
Place the chocolate in the middle of the dough and roll up.
Brush the tops with the beaten egg white.
Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
(Best when eaten warm!)

Bon appétit, mes élèves!