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Saturday
Apr172010

Flash in the Pain: Pain au Chocolat from Bakery Nouveau, West Seattle

You just try and tell me that isn't the loveliest and most hypnotic thing you've ever seen.

Oh, ok, we can look at it from another angle. If you insist.

OK. One more.

This buttery stunner is the pain au chocolat from Bakery Nouveau (you know, the one owned by the guy who won the thing), and it tastes every bit as good as it looks.

Now, usually I'm not a fan of croissants that have a crispy, shardlike texture on the outside--my greedy nature is saddened by the thought that I might lose a crumb of the outer croissant while eating. But happily, this one wasn't so much shardlike as it was lightly crispy yet yielding to a soft center--it felt almost like you could taste every ethereal layer of light pastry at once, and they were all very buttery. And then there was the chocolate, lightly bitter and a dark, rich complement to the lightness of the pastry.

Nothing pain-ful about this sweet treat. Well, except for the name, which I suggest they change to pleasure au chocolat, toute suite. 

Oh, and speaking of chocolate, according to Lorna Yee, next on the list to try at Nouveau is the chocolate cake.

Pain au chocolat from Bakery Nouveau, 4737 California Ave. SW, West Seattle; online at bakerynouveau.com.

Reader Comments (5)

The twice-baked almond croissants are the best! Very decadent, though :)

April 17 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Looks delicious. For those on the Eastside, The French Bakery in Kirkland makes an absolutely perfect version of this. (And some pretty darn good sipping chocolate, if you're feeling extremely sinful). ;o)

April 18 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I live so close to Bakery Nouveau, and it seriously takes all of my willpower not to go there every day. However... the croissants are my kyrptonite. I can't say no. They have this power over me that I can't explain. Bakery Nouveau is all that's good in this world. And West Seattle!

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