I was doing a post the other day about Ghirardelli Luxe chocolates (there’s also a recipe for homemade hot cocoa there) and saw this recipe over at Ghirardelli.com. I’ve never made a panini before and don’t have a panini maker, but you don’t need one with this recipe. It not only sounded good and chocolatey, it also sounded really quick and easy, so I decided to try this Chocolate Panini out. The recipe suggests using a baguette…I used a mini-baguette to see how that would work, but I recommend using a regular-size baguette because the slices would be much easier to handle and flip in the pan. But my mini-panini’s still were tasty, even though they were a little messy! 🙂 This makes a great chocolate snack, dessert, or breakfast/brunch item if you want to have something chocolate on your morning menu. You can make it a little fancier by dusting the tops of the panini with powdered sugar and sprinkling with shaved chocolate or chocolate chips…or you could melt some additional chocolate and drizzle over the top. But it’s great just the way it is, too. This buttery bread and chocolate combination reminds me of a chocolate croissant, but the nice thing about this recipe is that you can make it in minutes. It’s like making grilled cheese, only you’re using chocolate instead of cheese!
- 8-ounce semi-sweet chocolate baking bar (or two 4-ounce bars)
- 1 18-inch baguette
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Slice the baguette on the diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick slices (you should have at least 20 slices). Break the chocolate into 1/2 ounce squares. Butter one side of each slice of bread with 1/2 teaspoon of butter and make a sandwich, butter side out, using a piece and a half of chocolate per sandwich. Heat a large pan over medium heat and, in batches, cook each sandwich until golden brown, pressing down with a spatula. Flip the sandwiches and cook the second side until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve. (Note: You can also make these with a panini maker if you have one.)
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This reminds me of French chocolate filled croissant. Yummo!
wow, yum! Can’t go wrong with chocolate in a sandwich! When I was in high school I used to spread Hershey’s chocolate sauce on slices of white bread and people thought I was crazy…but it’s so good!
Oh, you have my taste buds on fire. I love chocolate paninis. There is a restaurant in Cabo that makes these for breakfast. They use brioche bread, which i have never made, but it is on my list of to dos. Then they do Nutella and strawberries or bananas, and it is out of this world. If I had my panini maker with me right now, I would make this this morning.
Target sells a panini maker for $40, so you don’t have to spend a fortune. We have bought them for all our married kids. Anything made in a panini maker is incredible.
You have convinced me that I need to get a panini maker! 🙂
Well, isn’t that clever! I’ve made a lot of things with chocolate [including gravy] but never would have thought of panini! Will give it a try…
Oh my goodness! That looks amazing. I must try your recipe.
Thank you for sharing.
We did chocolate sandwiches one Valentine’s Day. Paired with a really nice dessert wine, we pretty much just went right in to food coma. So much for romance. 🙂 These look super yummy, too. But when is chocolate…especially gobs of melted chocolate, not yummy?!