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Brown Butter Pain au Chocolat-8

Brown Butter Pains au Chocolat {a step by step guide with .gifs} //pains au chocolat au beurre noisette

August 9, 2015 | 43 comments

The English translation isn’t quite right for pain au chocolat… I mean, they’re translated into chocolate croissants but the croissants aren’t chocolate like a chocolate cake. They have little batons of chocolate in them, melty, sticky and utterly delicious. I guess we’ll just have to call them brown butter pains au chocolat. Some things just get lost in translation :/

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In all relevancy to this post, I just couldn’t resist listening to this song that a teacher told me about earlier… I regretted it later though because it’s that type of song that just gets stuck in your head and will. not. come. out. (fyi it’s in French and it’s called le petit pain au chocolat -how can you resist now?). merci bien madame…

Anyhow, let’s get back on topic shall we (were we ever on topic?) ?? Remember these croissants au beurre noisette ?(brown butter croissants… now i’m just either getting braggy on you or i’m practicing for french class -hush Anne stop talking!) If you don’t/haven’t seen them yet, I think you’d better take a look at those right now.

Done? Okeydokie.

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Well now you have to make these because the croissants only used up 1/3 of the dough. And also, who can resist brown butter and chocolate?! These brown butter pain au chocolat/brown butter chocolate croissants/pain au chocolat au beurre noisette are absolutely a+++. They’re flakey, flavorful, and so so pretty + adorable!!! The warm melty chocolate kinda oozes out and fills the little airy holes and the brown butter, ofc makes it the most flavorful croissant you’ll ever eat. In short, they’re utterly delicious so go go make them now!

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And we thought brown butter cookies were good…

p.s. Do they look like they have little faces to you?? Pains au chocolat has always looked like they have little tiny faces to me.

Notes

// Brown butter croissant recipe is here. The dough is cut into 3 pieces so that you can make ~10 croissants + 6 pains au chocolat + 12 of what’s coming up next week. Or you can do a combination of two of them. Or just single one out because you like it so much.
// You can melt chocolate to make little 3″ batons, use premade batons, or just chop chocolate and place it in a line.

Brown Butter Pain au Chocolat {a step by step guide with .gifs} //Pain au chocolat au beurre noisette

Brown Butter Pain au Chocolat {a step by step guide with .gifs} //Pain au chocolat au beurre noisette

1/3 of brown butter croissant dough -see notes
chocolate -see notes
1 egg

Roll out the croissant dough so that it measures ~6 in by 12 in. Trim the edges to expose the layers and then cut out 3 by 4 in rectangles.

Place chocolate along the shorter edge and roll up once. Add in some more chocolate and then roll it up fully.

Place on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest until puffy and jiggles when shaken, about 2 hours. When you poke it, it should spring back a little but not all the way. It should not deflate :/

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Beat the egg and brush it on the croissants. Make sure you don't brush egg wash onto the exposed layers. Wait 5 minutes and brush it on again.

Bake at 425 F for 12 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375 F and bake for 10-13 more minutes, or until golden.

They're best served freshly out of the oven, burn your fingers + tongue hot. Just kidding. But they are better warm.

http://www.sprinklewithsalt.com/2015/08/09/brown-butter-pain-au-chocolat/


43 comments...

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  1. Thao @ In Good Flavor on

    August 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm says

    Whatever you want to call them they look utterly delicious!! I get songs stuck in my mind all the time, even songs that I don’t care forβ€”it gets annoying.

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm says

      I know right?! Thanks Thao!

      Reply
  2. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen on

    August 10, 2015 at 2:47 am says

    I LOVE that you made your own croissant dough! And it looks so gorgeously perfect with all those holes and chocolately goodness through it… YUM! I can’t say that I really see little faces in them though… you might have to point them out for me!

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    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:09 pm says

      Hhahaaaa I always think that the chocolate baton thingies showing through make up the eyes and that end part of the dough that’s rolled into the inside makes the mouth. It could just be that I have an overactive imagination though. πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  3. Josefine on

    August 10, 2015 at 7:25 am says

    I am so amazed by how pretty your croissants are! Gorgeous!!
    I love pain au chocolats. And you are so right – a pain au chocolat is NOT a chocolate croissant πŸ˜‰
    And despite your warning that I might now be able to get the song out of my head again, I will jump right over to Youtube now and listen to it πŸ˜‰ hehe

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    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm says

      Thank you!!!! You’re gonna regret it… πŸ˜€

      Reply
  4. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen on

    August 10, 2015 at 8:05 am says

    Whatever the name is, they looks absolutely DIVINE! I am dying to have one right from the screen! YUM!

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    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm says

      Thank you! They’re absolutely delicious πŸ˜€

      Reply
  5. Harriet Emily on

    August 10, 2015 at 9:13 am says

    These pains au chocolat are perfect! They look so incredible. I could eat them all right now! I wish I could grab one out from my screen!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm says

      Hahhaaaa thanks πŸ˜€

      Reply
  6. marcie on

    August 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm says

    It’s been far too long since I made croissants — these look amazing! To me, chocolate croissants are definitely the best — these are just perfection!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm says

      Make demmmmm -you won’t regret it πŸ˜€
      Thank you Marcie!

      Reply
  7. Andreea on

    August 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm says

    Wow, this looks amazing! I love your gif, with the “how to”. I never had the courage to make croissants or pain au chocolat, you are my hero!!!! :)

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm says

      Hahhaaaa thanks Andreea!

      Reply
  8. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) on

    August 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm says

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Pain au chocolat is my husband’s absolute favorite pastry – I’d love to give this recipe a try!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 10, 2015 at 7:12 pm says

      you really should!!! It’s quite easy and most of its time before ending up in your stomach is in the refrigerator anyways… πŸ˜€

      Reply
  9. Abby on

    August 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm says

    These are GORGEOUS, Anne. LOVE! <3

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm says

      Awww thanks Abby :)

      Reply
  10. Ludmilla on

    August 10, 2015 at 11:27 pm says

    OMG!! Your photos are beautiful!! I loved this recipe!! I’m crazy about sweets in general!!

    Ludmilla

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    • Anne on

      August 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm says

      Hahhaaaa me too!!! This website is basically an ode to desserts + breakfast. Thank you Ludmilla!

      Reply
    • Anne on

      August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm says

      Thanks Shiran! That means a lot coming from you. Your photos are always gorgeous too <3

      Reply
  11. Sabrina on

    August 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm says

    These look sooo amazing!

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    • Anne on

      August 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm says

      Thanks Sabrina! πŸ˜€

      Reply
  12. Emma @ Bake Then Eat on

    August 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm says

    Wow these are seriously beautiful and the brown butter is just inspired. I love the idea of these πŸ˜€ And your photographs are so beautiful too!

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    • Anne on

      August 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm says

      Thank you so much! Brown butter is awesome πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  13. Helen @ Scrummy Lane on

    August 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm says

    Hello, Anne! Ohhh, I love this post … I love everything about it, especially the little gif showing me how to roll up the dough with the choccy inside!
    I’ve just come back from a little trip to Paris, actually, so now you’ve really got me wishing I was back there! :-)

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm says

      Hahahaaa I’m glad they make you want to go back -I’ve never actually been there so it’s nice to know they have that francey vibe πŸ˜€

      Reply
  14. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist on

    August 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm says

    Love the GIF! These look really great. I am going to heed your warning and not listen to that song! I have enough songs that get stuck in my head. I don’t need to add another :-0

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    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm says

      ahahaha me too -all day everyyyyday πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  15. Mel on

    August 13, 2015 at 4:05 am says

    Oh wow, these look absolutely divine!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm says

      Thank you Mel!

      Reply
  16. Yuen Shan @ YuenShan.com on

    August 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm says

    I had a pain au chocolat everyday when I was in Paris! This makes me so nostalgic!
    By the way, I found this great article on which brand of butter tastes better. It’s on salted butter so it’s more for spreading on bread, but I’m sure the corresponding brand’s unsalted version will be just as good! These brands looks like they were tested in the US, so they should sell it where you live. Take a look, hope this helps!
    http://www.thekitchn.com/salted-butter-taste-test-the-best-butter-for-your-toast-216412?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed

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    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm says

      Thanks for the link! The only reason (ok well two) that I didn’t go butter hunting is because I didn’t feel like it and also they’re all so expensive for butter! I dunno but the “good” butter that I found here was ~$6 per pound! So yeahhhhhh brown butter πŸ˜€
      Anyhow, thank you for the info πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  17. whitney on

    August 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm says

    These look delicious! I don’t know if I have the patience to make pastries, but these look like they might be worth it. That being said, we have a little bakery just down the street that serves the most amazing pain au chocolat…it even rivals anything I’ve had in France!

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    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm says

      Oh you’re so lucky! The only ones that I’ve ever had were from payless and costco… I must say that these homemade ones are 2000 times better πŸ˜€
      Thank you whitney -they’re totally worth it πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  18. Ala on

    August 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm says

    EEeeeeeee–I’m so glad I found your blog after you commented on mine last week! Yours is GORGEOUS. Simply gorgeous! As are these rolls–um, what? Can I please eat my screen? If I do, will my computer screen be damaged? And would it be worth it? (Answer: heck yes!) Hope you have an AWESOME Friday, gal!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:42 pm says

      Awww thanks for the sweet comment Ala! It made my week πŸ˜€
      p.s. somebody should really invent a food transporter via photos/internet. It would totally be worth it

      Reply
  19. Marissa on

    August 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm says

    By any name, these look absolutely delicious! Just look at that airy dough…you are a master!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm says

      Hhahaha thanks Marissa!!!

      Reply
  20. Lisa on

    August 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm says

    Les pains aux chocolats sont la meilleure chose au monde pour le petit dΓ©jeuner. β™₯ C’est tellement bon!

    Reply
    • Anne on

      August 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm says

      Merci Lisaaaaaa!!! Tu as de la chance parce que tu ne dois pas les faire pour les manger πŸ˜€ Je ne les ai jamais vus ici…

      Reply

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