On one of our recent brunch outings, we went to Maialino, where I finally had one of their signature olive oil muffins (it was as good as I expected and it inspired me to bake up a batch back home a few days later). Before going to the restaurant, I looked online at their menu and spotted something really interesting: "chestnut croissant". I was so excited because (1) I love all things chestnut (just type in "chestnut" in my search function on the right-hand side of the page to see what I mean) and (2) I'd never had such a thing, and really wanted to!
But when I next looked back at the menu, the chestnut croissant had disappeared. It sounds crazy but I almost feel like I imagined it! Well...there was only one thing to do since I've never seen chestnut croissant anywhere and that was to make it myself at home. Sometimes an idea gets in my head and I just have to give it a go and this was one of those things.
So I took inspiration from when I last made almond croissants and did a pretty simple version of chestnut croissant for breakfast this weekend. It really helps if you have a stash of chestnut cream in your house like I do (otherwise, you can source it online).
To have your own chestnut croissant, all you have to do is take day-old croissants, split it, and soak it in a rum sugar syrup. Then spread some chestnut cream/spread inside, and brush a little on the surface for fun. Bake for about 15 minutes and you have it! It's really easy since you're mainly working with store-bought ingredients, but with a little twist, you end up with something really special.
I'm here to say chestnut croissant is a really, really good thing!