Pan Au Chocolat Match For Potheads From Cafe Marie-Jeanne


Hailing from Chicago, this multicultural medicated treat is what munchie dreams are created of. But the recipe will make you function for it — so be positive to leave oneself sufficient time for execution!

Travel is what tends to make this life worth living. That is why I’m dedicating this week’s “Baked to Perfection” to a recipe that highlights French-Canadian culture. It is a French-style pastry from a chef-owner of a Quebecoise-inspired restaurant primarily based in Chicago (which not too long ago legalized recreational cannabis and is set to be an amazing new cannatourism location for 2020). Sounds also excellent to be correct, does not it? Fortunately, we confirm whether or not meals is true with our taste buds as an alternative of our ears. 

Mike Simmons, chef-owner of Cafe Marie-Jeanne (ahem, Mary Jane) in Chicago is the force behind the Gan-Gianduja Croissant, a flower-infused pan au chocolat recipe that is so intelligent, it is downright genius.

“Though our cafe is not named following our favored psychotropic, smokeable flower (it is named following an esoteric, no longer applied bottle, a 2250 milliliter Marie-Jeanne which was applied to bottle fresh claret from Bordeaux), it does occur to be French slang for weed plus we are enthusiastic marijuana smokers, eaters, and cookers,” he says.

Whether or not you are an sophisticated baker experimenting with new techniques to use weed or an sophisticated smoker who desires to level up your culinary expertise, this is a moderately difficult, chef-driven recipe worth attempting mainly because the outcome is beyond extrasensory. Whether or not or not you can knock it out like a pro, you can nevertheless count on having also higher to care. But just be warned: This is a cooking project that one particular really should only embark on if they have time for a multi-day cooking project. In other words, strategy ahead! 

MERRY JANE: When did you get started cooking with cannabis

Mike Simmons: My step-dad has a tiny paperback book from the seventies known as, Cooking with Grass. He was a major ol’ stoner. I located his book when I was like 14- or 15-years-old and attempted a recipe or two out of it. Mainly, we’d just smoke up his weed. I hardly ever cook with cannabis now, but like to slip it into unexpected areas — sweets largely, mainly because I’ve got a severe sweet tooth.

Got any excellent weed stories to share? 

I was invited to dine at Oriole final year. Chef Noah Sandoval texted me that day asking if I was allergic to weed. I stated “No,” and promptly forgot about it. About 5 or six courses in, a cloched plate arrived at our table filled with smoke. Our server described the dish as “smoked salmon with Green Goddess dressing and some other green elements” and lifted the cloche. With a flourish, the smoke filled the area with the dankest smelling smoke. Every single table turned to appear at us — we have been in a two-Michelin starred restaurant with a enormous cloud of cannabis smoke streaming from the middle of our table. I swear, I was stoned for like ten minutes. Turns out they had filled the cloche with a cannabis smoke applying some modernist method beyond my comprehension. It was thrilling, delightful, and scrumptious.

Given that legalization and the raise of customer education, how has your method to applying cannabis as an ingredient changed? 

I am certainly much more open to cooking with cannabis and glad to be in a position to discover it much more. Dial it in a tiny. It assists to have a true metric for how significantly tincture or concentrate to use. I like precision with these issues.

Let’s speak about the recipe: what is excellent? How did you infuse the cannabis (oil, flower, concentrate)? Did you use a distinct strain or terps to balance the flavors? 

In this distinct recipe, I like to use a complete spectrum tincture. I discover the terps play truly beautifully off of the chocolate and the hazelnut in the similar way that earl gray tea or super in-season citrus does. 

Any lessons from the kitchen to impart about cooking with weed? 

Know the provenance of your components. Just like in any cooking, if you get started with excellent components, you finish up with greater meals. Also: Measure! We cook with cannabis to really feel groovy and share an encounter, and you can not do that if you have dosed also heavy and are sitting in your area rocking back and forth, listening to the similar Fleetwood Mac song more than and more than and more than.

Gan-Gianduja Croissant Recipe

Pre-ferment Components:

– ¾ cups milk

– 1 teaspoon yeast

– 1 cup all goal flour

Dough Components:

– 1 teaspoon yeast

– 1 ½ cups entire milk

– six ¼ cups all goal flour

– ½  cup sugar

– ⅛  cup melted butter (for dough)

– 1 tablespoon salt (for dough)

– two ¼ sticks of butter (for rolling in really should be incredibly cold)

Egg Wash:

– 7 egg yolks

– ½ cup heavy cream

– Pinch of salt

Preferment Step-by-Step Directions:

– Heat milk to 80°F degrees, no hotter than 90°F degrees.

– Transfer milk to a bowl, stir in yeast with a wooden spoon, then stir in flour.

– Let rise for about two hours or till active and a tiny bubbly.


Dough Step-by-Step Directions:

– Mix pre-ferment, yeast and half of the milk collectively on second speed with electric mixer till homogenous.

– Add the salt, sugar, flour and remaining milk.

– Mix on 1st speed for three minutes. Let rest for 20 minutes.

– Mix for four much more minutes.

Baking Step-by-Step Directions:

Right after mixing for the final time, get rid of contents from bowl. Place it in a covered container and let it sit in the fridge overnight. When the dough rises, flatten it. It will take a handful of instances prior to it stays flat, but flatness is in the end what you want. That is when it is prepared for lamination.

– Preheat oven to 400°F.

– Location cold butter on a lightly floured surface and dust the leading with a tiny flour.

– Working with a rolling pin, beat the butter, turning regularly and re-dusting with flour as necessary till you have an about 1/three-inch thick rectangle.

– Location on a tray and refrigerate.

– Get rid of dough from refrigerator and location on floured surface.

– Roll into a rectangle roughly the similar height and twice as wide as the butter block.

– Location the block dead center of the dough and bring every edge to meet in the middle of the butter.

– Use the rolling pin and roll the butter filled dough into a rectangle about twice the size as it began.

– Fold the dough in thirds more than itself like a letter.

– Cover with plastic and refrigerate. 

– Let rest one particular hour. Repeat this fold approach 3 instances, and let rest overnight.

– On day 3, get rid of the dough from the refrigerator and roll out in a lengthy rectangle (about 20 inches lengthy and five inches wide) and reduce into five equal strips about 5”x5”.

– Location one particular bar of the cannabis infused gianduja at the edge of every square.

– Roll every piece of the laminated dough tightly about every bar.

– Location every roll seam side down on a lined baking sheet.

– Space evenly to insure they dont touch for the duration of proofing, and no much more than 3 per sheet.

– Cover loosely with plastic and let rise (proof) in a warm location.

– When the rolls are light and airy and doubled in size, brush liberally with the egg wash and location in the oven.

– Let bake, rotating just about every ten minutes, till a dark reddish brown colour

– Get rid of from oven and let cool sufficient to be handled.

– When they’re prepared to consume, clear your schedule and delight in with close friends.


Gan-Gianduja Recipe


– four.two ounces of 60 % dark chocolate

– ½ cup toasted hazelnuts

– ¼ cup further virgin olive oil

– ½ teaspoon THC

– 1 pinch of salt

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Gan-Gianduja Step-by-Step Directions

– Chop chocolate into pecan half size pieces, set aside.

– Location roasted hazelnuts and salt in the bowl of a meals processor.

– Pulse the hazelnuts in the processor, stopping regularly at 1st, till they commence to resemble a nut butter approach on higher till they are oily, creamy and shiny, then turn processor off.

– Add chocolate to the meals processor and approach on higher till mixture is uniformly dark-chocolate colored with a chunky chocolate-sauce consistency.

– Even though meals processor is nevertheless operating, gradually drizzle in evoo, followed by THC oil.

– When totally incorporated, pour into a six”x6″ parchment paper or plastic-wrap lined mold. Be positive to scrape all gan-gianduja out of the bowl with a rubber spatula. This will guarantee greater yield and right dosing.

– Location a layer of parchment paper or plastic wrap on leading and refrigerate for two hours.

– Gently get rid of the gianduja square from the mold onto a cutting board. cautiously get rid of plastic or paper liner and reduce into 12 equal-sized bars.

– Location in an airtight container and refrigerate till prepared for use.


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