My first semester of college, a friend and I roadtripped down to San Marcos to visit friends at what was then Southwest Texas State, now Texas State University. We visited this area quite a lot. It's right on the Eastern edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, along the banks of the San Marcos river. While we were there, our friends introduced us to this wonderful, crazy-simple dessert. It wasn't "When Harry Met Sally Rolls," but ______ Rolls, where ________ is something that rhymes with schmorgasm. That's my way of being honest with the title, while attempting not to offend a mixed crowd, or myself for that matter. It must be the cradle Catholic in me. I can't even watch a movie with my mom if people start getting a little randy. I'll always find an excuse to leave the room. I. Just. Can't. Do. It.
Anyway, back to the rolls. These are incredibly simple, economic, and wonderful. They'd be great for Valentine's Day. They're rich and decadent, but also light and unassuming. "I'll have what she's having," indeed!
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
2 T white sugar
- 6 croissants (or 12 mini ones) - don't try to pull a fast one and use cheaper Poppin' Fresh crescent rolls, or you may find them a little, ahem, "lackluster."
- 3 chocolate bars - we always used Hershey's because we were poor college students, but if you've got some Valrhona or Scharffen Berger burning a hole in your pantry (wha??), knock yourself out.
- Whipped Cream - again, we always used the canned stuff because we were on a college budget and most of us didn't have a Kitchenaid at that point in our lives, but by all means, whip yourself up homemade if you want
1. Combine the strawberries and sugar and set aside. Obviously, you want to macerate these puppies, so it can be done ahead of time.
2. Turn on your broiler
3. Slice each croissant lengthwise, as though you're going to make a sandwich, and place cut side up on a baking sheet.
4. Break up the chocolate bars and distribute evenly along the bottom part of each croissant.
5. Pop the croissants into the oven and broil until the choclate starts to melt/get shiny and the croissants start to brown and toast Be careful, as this can happen quickly. It usually takes mine anywhere from 1 - 3 minutes, depending on where my oven rack is set that day. This can be a tricky variable, so be vigilent...
6. Remove croissants from oven and top the chocolate covered bottom pieces with strawberries. I use a slotted spoon so I don't have crazy amounts of juice dripping everywhere.
7. Top the strawberries with whipped cream.
8. Place the top half of the croissant on top and enjoy.
Eat like a sandwich if you don't mind the mess (our friend in San Marcos said they're titled as such because they cause intense euphoria and can sometimes be messy - such a jokester!), or if you're a little more prim and proper, use a fork and a pretty dessert plate.
Happy Valentine's Day!