Okay, so I came across this recipe in one of my many excursions around the internet (several months ago). I decided to finally try it out. I figured it was fairly risk-free. How can you go wrong with hazelnut an chocolate, right? These are definitely winners. My family fell immediately in love... The bread is light and fluffy, fragrant with hazelnut flavor, and the chocolate is the perfect touch. They are a wonderful treat without being incredibly sweet. And with a substantial amount of whole wheat flour, they're nutritious, too. Right?
The recipe is here http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/hazelnut-pain-au-chocolat-recipe. I used a Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate candy bar, rather than the semisweet pain au chocolate sticks sold here: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/semisweet-pain-au-chocolat-sticks-8-oz. Mostly I just wanted to save money since it was a new recipe experiment. Also, since it's August in Texas, the temperatures are a bit prohibitive to mail order chocolate... I couldn't find coarse ground sugar, so I used some sugar cubes I crushed up with a rolling pin. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, grinding my own whole wheat pastry flour just before whipping them up. Delicious! Tasty treats and the whole house smells heavenly. The chocolate will eventually firm up a bit, but can quickly be softened up with a few seconds in the microwave.
These will not last more than an afternoon, I promise.