Croissants and Pastries at Your Fingertips!
We are always looking for great food finds to make entertaining a bit more interesting or life a bit simpler. A number of years ago while shopping for my Dad I stumbled upon some delectable pastries from Williams Sonoma.
When any birthday, holiday or gift-giving occasion circled around we always struggled with a great gift for my Dad. He was hard to buy for, as are most men, but he was really difficult … He had a ranch and a horse, so what else does a cowboy need! My Dad appreciated good food and loved pastries. If you’re from the city you might not know this, but croissants and fresh pastries are not widely available in small Texas towns.
For Father’s Day one year I was really at a loss so I decided to run by our local Williams Sonoma store in Southlake. We were flipping through their latest catalog in hopes of finding something and I noticed the pastries they had featured. Beautiful, buttery croissants and sticky buns… This was it! And my Dad was in heaven!
To wet your appetite, here is the description from Williams Sonoma…
“Master pastry chef Jean-Yves Charon crafts our croissants in the traditional French style, using his buttery, award-winning puff pastry, cutting and shaping the pastries by hand. Shipped frozen, they are easy to prepare—just let rise overnight and then bake. The croissants emerge from the oven with flaky, golden-brown exteriors, delicate interiors and an irresistible buttery aroma. There’s no simpler way to bring a taste of France to the breakfast table.”
Fast forward years later and I’m seldom without these in my freezer. The frozen pastries arrive boxed with dry ice, ready to pop in the freezer until you need them. There are multiple options, sizes and types. I normally order the mini-croissants…after they thaw, rise and bake they are the perfect size. You can cook one or two at a time or all two dozen!
Sweet Olive Oil Tortas!
Sometimes food-related, sometimes not, this is a collection of fun things we find, love, and can’t wait to share. Every time we catch ourselves saying “Did you know…?” or “Have you seen…?” you’ll find it here.
This is a new favorite food find. These “Sweet Olive Oil Tortas” from Ines Rosales are a product of Spain and are a perfect pair with a St. Andre cheese, dried apricots and a glass of Chardonnay! Or they stand alone with a cup of hot tea! There are a variety of these flavored crackers but the “Sweet Olive Oil Tortas” is our favorite. It is sweet and savory with a hint of anise.
We found these at our local Market Street grocery. If you can’t find them ask your grocer.
This is a great tool for peeling. The Chef’n Palm Peeler works like a charm especially on vegetables like butternut squash.