It wouldn’t be French cooking without something sweet to celebrate a holiday or to indulge when friends make a surprise visit. While the desserts in this collection are all from our family in one way or another there is s sweet, simple pleasure that I recommend.
Meme, being an orphan by the time she was twelve, lived and worked with her sister in a convent during the Second World War. As was the routine, children at the school were given a snack in between school and dinner. Growing up, she continued that same tradition with me. In turn, I sometimes gave my own children the same treat.
It’s simple. Take one slice of bread, preferably fresh from your own oven or that of your local bakery. Spread a bit of soft butter over the slice. Next, place two squares of dark chocolate over half of the slice and fold over.
Too simple, right? It’s delicious. When I crave sweet and salt, I will sometimes return to this simple little snack and remember coming in from hanging out the laundry as a child. The salty, creamy butter is the perfect compliment to the sweet and bitter chocolate. Forget the processed candy bars and try this sweet little French tradition.