Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cool & Simple's pain au chocolat at Grace In The Kitchen

A viennoiserie to start your day? Many of us save the treat for a weekend experience. And sometimes you don't want to escape the cozy of home to dart out for an early morning trip to the bakery for a pastry pickup.

Grace In The Kitchen, at 442 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, carries frozen croissants and pain au chocolat from France. They are sold under the name Cool & Simple, a company in Montreal. Grace In The Kitchen also sells the baked finished product at their in-house coffee bar.

I tried a pain au chocolat as an accompaniment to my pour over Intelligentsia decaf coffee. Very pleased. It struck me that it would be the perfect morning treat when PJs reign and there would be no trip out to Art-is-in Bakery or Macarons Et Madeleines.

There are 5 to a package and go for $7.99. ($1.60 each). Macarons Et Madeleines charges $2.00 for a pain au chocolat. Art-is-in Bakery charges $2.50.

The instructions did not serve me well at all with my first two tries at Cool & Simple pain au chocolat. Although the outside looked great, inside the centre was still doughy and no where near done. Knowing that Grace In The Kitchen is also making this product for their coffee bar, I checked in with the baker on my next visit. He told me how he solved the problem.

Here are our modified baking instructions:

Place the pain au chocolat on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes. (I actually found that 120 minutes works perfectly.) Bake in a 375ºF oven for 18 to 22 minutes until golden. (I had great success baking them for 18 minutes.)

And voilà! They make a nice cheat when you aren't up for leaving the house.


  1. Do yourself a favour and go back to Grace-they're also carrying the most divine macarons from Cool&simple too. Delish and AWESOME price point!

  2. Charlene: Yes! Good point! I did see their sleeve of macarons too. But I didn't pick any up. Sounds like you can vouch for them. I think the flavours were coffee, chocolate, raspberry and lemon. Which was your favourite? (Guessing lemon.) Do you remember the price? Thank you for the temptation. And if I remember correctly, you may be making your own soon, so this counts as product research.


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