Saturday, 9 March 2013


Behold the croissant. One of humankind's greatest inventions. Flaky, buttery, irresistible. Kind of like me. Oops, I said it, and I am not taking it back. The picture above shows an almond croissant. Purchased from Whole Foods. It holds a surprise inside.  It has an almond paste filling.

A while ago I hosted an "after church" tea. I made some really nice tea sandwiches: chicken, cucumber, AND my special minis with ham, cheese and turkey on whole wheat. I had a fruit salad and some phyllo and feta wraps too. I had cheese and bagels, and a store bought dessert. Why am I telling you all this? I'm just thinking back, reminiscing. That day I wanted to offer croissant, raspberry and Nutella bites, for dessert but I ran out of time. I ran out of time, plus after making all the other sandwiches I was too exhausted to speed up and make anything else. I think everyone who came to the tea had a good time. There were no leftovers to speak of. Just a few pieces of cheese. The Nutella I had bought for the croissants sat on a shelf in the pantry until I remembered it last week and used some of it to make these really tasty and moist Reeses, Nutella and banana bars.

Then I remembered all about the croissant sandwiches I hadn't made. So I bought a single croissant and some raspberries and I invited myself to tea. A nice cuppa and a bite of a croissant, raspberry and Nutella sandwich. The raspberries I bought were grown in Mexico: they were shipped from Mexico all the way here to the cold Northeast, and they were magical! They brought sunshine into the house. Best raspberries ever!
Here is how to make Croissant, Raspberry and Nutella Tea Sandwich Bites:

Get yourself some croissants. Butter or almond or chocolate. Say no to the broccoli ones. Get some raspberries or strawberries. Cut the croissants in half lengthwise.

Arrange raspberries on one half of the croissant.  
Spread some Nutella on the other half of the croissant.
Here is my kitchen rooster posing with the croissandwich. Bring the two croissant halves together by folding the Nutella half over the raspberry half. It feels like rocket science, doesn't it? Keep at it, if I managed it so can you!

Cut each croissant into quarters. If you're serving these to company, stick a sandwich pick or some such implement into each piece to keep it from falling apart and to make it look prettier than it already is. Place the bites on a nice serving platter, and dust the tops of the croissants with a little powdered sugar.  

If the bites are just for you and yours, just enjoy them. They are sweet and flaky. As am I. Seriously though, these darlings make fantastic little treats for a tea, and they are so very easy to make!