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Will I never find the raisin croissant of my dreams?

Will I never find the raisin croissant of my dreams?
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  • Post #31 - August 4th, 2006, 3:33 pm
    Post #31 - August 4th, 2006, 3:33 pm Post #31 - August 4th, 2006, 3:33 pm
    Yep, there is custard in the Bonjour Pain aux Raisins... they start out as a sheet of croissant dough (psst... it's from bakemark, but it's all-butter), spread generously with house-made pastry cream (or creme patisserie, as you like), golden raisins that are pre-plumped with a good soak, then rolled up, sliced, and baked. Most of the custard bakes into the dough and raisins, giving it that elusive soft, creamy, but not goopy texture. I work there, and it's one of the few things I still really like to eat (not that the other items aren't tasty... but you can only eat so many...). I also highly recommend the oatmeal raisin cookie- I used to eat several a day. Tryin' to cut back, but sometimes they break, and who wants to buy a broken cookie? Not you, but I'll gladly take care of that for ya. ;-) Those, and an almond or chocolate almond croissant top the guilty pleasures list (but who has time for guilt, really?).
  • Post #32 - August 5th, 2006, 10:46 pm
    Post #32 - August 5th, 2006, 10:46 pm Post #32 - August 5th, 2006, 10:46 pm
    I'm coming in late on this one, but had to add that my daughter, a pastry chef and Francophile who lived in France, confirms that Pain au Raisin does indeed have custard. She admits to having eaten them almost every day for breakfast, both in Paris and in Brittany, and, when I visited her, I too indulged.

    And it could not have been almond custard, because she has severe nut allergies and can not eat almonds. (Yes, I know, makes it difficult for a pastry chef; she sometimes has to work in latex gloves.)

    Edited to include her quote: "pain au raisin. Croissant in a swirl with vanilla pastry cream and raisins. And sometimes they would add chocolate chunks too. (Pain au raisin avec chocolat). Ummmm........."
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  • Post #33 - August 6th, 2006, 10:02 am
    Post #33 - August 6th, 2006, 10:02 am Post #33 - August 6th, 2006, 10:02 am
    St. Roger Abbey is part of the Fraternité de Notre Dame.

    They sell at the Mt. Prospect Farmers Market; I just picked up a bag of pleasant orange madeleines. No raisin croissaints today. I am especially fond of their apple tarts but abstained this week.
  • Post #34 - August 7th, 2006, 8:47 am
    Post #34 - August 7th, 2006, 8:47 am Post #34 - August 7th, 2006, 8:47 am
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    I bought this on Saturday from the "Provence" vender at the French Market in Forest Park. The nice lady selling these and other pastries (along with olives, sun dried tomatoes, and (!) dolmades) said that all the baked goods were made in France. Hmm. The raisin bread was good and did seem to have custard involved. It did not induce ecstacy, but YMMV.

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  • Post #35 - August 8th, 2006, 3:03 am
    Post #35 - August 8th, 2006, 3:03 am Post #35 - August 8th, 2006, 3:03 am
    Mike G -

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07EFD91530F931A35754C0A9609C8B63

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    Looks like you started something. We all want one of these things now.
  • Post #36 - August 10th, 2006, 1:23 pm
    Post #36 - August 10th, 2006, 1:23 pm Post #36 - August 10th, 2006, 1:23 pm
    JimInLoganSquare wrote:
    jonjonjon wrote:Le sigh... it's the little things that you miss from overseas trips, isn't it?


    That's what my clients from Paris always used to say about cheeseburgers and Porterhouse steaks. All just a matter of perspective, isn't it?

    (Say. Wasn't this thread about raisin bread? :roll: )


    Jim, I am guessing they were bemoaning the inability to get decent burgers and steaks a l'americain in Paris. And if you had trained them properly, they would probably have missed good sweet corn.
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  • Post #37 - November 12th, 2006, 3:47 pm
    Post #37 - November 12th, 2006, 3:47 pm Post #37 - November 12th, 2006, 3:47 pm
    I was at Vanille last nite and found that they started making these again. Bought the last two and found them excellent as always. They had disappeared for a while, so I just wanted to let interested parties know they were back.
  • Post #38 - April 29th, 2007, 10:50 am
    Post #38 - April 29th, 2007, 10:50 am Post #38 - April 29th, 2007, 10:50 am
    Hey Mike,

    Are you still searching for these things? Because I'm pretty sure Bennison's in Evanston has what you want. They're only available in the mornings and seem to go fast, but I just had one and it was splendid.
  • Post #39 - April 29th, 2007, 10:57 am
    Post #39 - April 29th, 2007, 10:57 am Post #39 - April 29th, 2007, 10:57 am
    Thanks, I'll try to check all these leads out!
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  • Post #40 - April 30th, 2007, 8:29 am
    Post #40 - April 30th, 2007, 8:29 am Post #40 - April 30th, 2007, 8:29 am
    cilantro wrote:Are you still searching for these things? Because I'm pretty sure Bennison's in Evanston has what you want. They're only available in the mornings and seem to go fast, but I just had one and it was splendid.

    The Bennison's version is delicious, but has no custard.
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  • Post #41 - May 29th, 2009, 9:30 pm
    Post #41 - May 29th, 2009, 9:30 pm Post #41 - May 29th, 2009, 9:30 pm
    Mike G., did you ever find the ne plus ultra of pains aux raisins? I saw some at 6:30 a.m. the other day at The Coffee Studio, but by 6:35, they had sold out. The person in front of me bought the last one. Next time I'm up early, I'll try one. They looked superb, by the way.
  • Post #42 - May 29th, 2009, 9:48 pm
    Post #42 - May 29th, 2009, 9:48 pm Post #42 - May 29th, 2009, 9:48 pm
    No, I wouldn't say I have (other than on my trip to Spain, but the point was, in the western hemisphere). I'll check it out, though hard to imagine when I'll ever be at The Coffee Studio that early...
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  • Post #43 - April 24th, 2011, 7:13 pm
    Post #43 - April 24th, 2011, 7:13 pm Post #43 - April 24th, 2011, 7:13 pm
    No idea if these are what you are looking for, but Antico makes their own in-house

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  • Post #44 - June 7th, 2011, 10:19 am
    Post #44 - June 7th, 2011, 10:19 am Post #44 - June 7th, 2011, 10:19 am
    Boulangerie du Monde in Cedarburg Wisconsin.
    W62 N588 Washington Ave, cedarburg, WI, 53012. (right in downtown).

    This place is amazing and has a great assortment of pastries. I only had a croissant there but it was the best i've ever had outside of France! I often think about driving up there just for one!
  • Post #45 - September 21st, 2012, 3:39 pm
    Post #45 - September 21st, 2012, 3:39 pm Post #45 - September 21st, 2012, 3:39 pm
    In this week's Time Out Chicago, there's a "market watch" blurb about Penny Pastry.
    TOC wrote:His impressive repertoire includes a soft cookie he calls a Penny Doodle, delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and star anise; butter, chocolate, almond and pain au raisin (vanilla pastry cream with golden raisins) croissants...

    Has anyone tried any of the delicious sounding goods from Penny Pastry? According to the article, he sells at the 61st Street Farmers Market and the Wheeler Mansion Market among others.
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  • Post #46 - September 23rd, 2012, 2:06 pm
    Post #46 - September 23rd, 2012, 2:06 pm Post #46 - September 23rd, 2012, 2:06 pm
    St. Roger is part of the Notre Dame order so both are right. Their pan au raisin is good but not enough creme patissiere. Le Boulangerie does a very good version as well as the best croissant in Chicago imho.

    Fifille reports the best pan au raisin were the old Vie de France recipe ones. Newer versions lack the creme of the older ones.
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  • Post #47 - September 23rd, 2012, 2:13 pm
    Post #47 - September 23rd, 2012, 2:13 pm Post #47 - September 23rd, 2012, 2:13 pm
    Octarine wrote:St. Roger is part of the Notre Dame order so both are right. Their pan au raisin is good but not enough creme patissiere. Le Boulangerie does a very good version as well as the best croissant in Chicago imho.

    Fifille reports the best pan au raisin were the old Vie de France recipe ones. Newer versions lack the creme of the older ones.


    Where ismLe Boulangerie located? I've not been there, I don't believe and I'm waiting for someone to top Hendrickx as best croissant in the city, especially on Monday's since Hendrickx is closed. :shock:
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  • Post #48 - September 25th, 2012, 4:00 pm
    Post #48 - September 25th, 2012, 4:00 pm Post #48 - September 25th, 2012, 4:00 pm
    pairs4life wrote:I'm waiting for someone to top Hendrickx as best croissant in the city, especially on Monday's since Hendrickx is closed.


    I was just about to chime in on the excellence of Hendrickx's croissants, though I can't recall if I've ever seen pain au raisins there.
  • Post #49 - September 26th, 2012, 3:51 pm
    Post #49 - September 26th, 2012, 3:51 pm Post #49 - September 26th, 2012, 3:51 pm
    cilantro wrote:Hey Mike,

    Are you still searching for these things? Because I'm pretty sure Bennison's in Evanston has what you want. They're only available in the mornings and seem to go fast, but I just had one and it was splendid.



    A French colleague seconds this suggestion.

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