At first there was not a soul in sight. Just as I was leaving our bay, I saw one elderly gentleman skiing, traditional style. As I skiied into the bigger, open lake area there were three skaters in the horizon and a little later I spotted someone on a kicksled. I felt like I was almost all alone in the peaceful calm of the outdoors. The sun was starting to dip and soon the “blue moment” would arrive. We took turns skating and skiing on the lake since some of the kids had been a little sick. That way everyone well enough made it outside. There was only about 2-3 centimeters of snow on the lake. It was enough snow to allow the skiiers to ski and little enough that the skaters could skate.
What would pair excellently with the crisp cold air and bright sunshine? The decision was unanimous when I asked the children: hot chocolate and chocolate crescents. Silvia had been waiting to try out her new cook book that she got for Christmas. It is a children’s baking book by Ulla Svensk and I mentioned it in a post a couple of weeks back. So this time she was to be our master baker and I was to be the sous chef. A pleasant situation indeed. In a couple of years she may take on the role of master chef more often.
Chocolate Crescents (recipe by Ulla Svensk)
150 g/5.3 oz butter, softened
4 dl/1.7 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 dl/1/4 c sugar
100 g/3.5 oz quark or drained, thick yoghurt
1 egg, 2 tbsp water and a pinch of salt for the egg wash
dark chocolate, roughly chopped for the crescents and some melted for garnish
Combine the butter and dry ingredients so that it forms a crumbly mixture. We used the stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the quark or yoghurt and mix only until combined. Divide into two and form in a ball. We allowed our dough to rest in the fridge for a bit while chopping the chocolate. Roll each ball of dough in to a circle and using a pastry or pizza cutter, cut into eighths. Place some chopped chocolate at the wider end of the triangle and roll from the wider end to the narrower tip. Place onto a lined baking sheet and brush with the egg wash. Bake at 200 C/390 F for about 10-15 minutes. We used the convection oven and our bake time was reduced to about 8-9 minutes with the temperature being at 180 C/360 F.
Allow to cool and garnish with melted chocolate.
What a beautiful beautiful landscape; must have been so uplifting to be out skiing. Your Master Chef in training did a wonderful job with the crescents. You seem to have a crescent shape to your landscape view too 🙂
I took a panorama shot of the landscape (with my phone) which gives it a crescent like shape 🙂
You must be ever so pleased with your phone! Btw we had the spinach crepes again tonight 🙂
Yes, I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of the photos! Maybe we should make spinach crepes next week, it has been a while for us since the last batch! 🙂
That first image is spectacular. Love the chocolate crescents too x
Thank you so much Sophie. This whole week and last has been so beautiful. Sun everyday and although the temperatures have been frigid we have ventured (or the kids have at least) out nearly everyday.
Love those rosy cheeks and the young chef did a very nice job with the crescents, yum…
Looking forward to the next project with the young chef. It just requires a little time to walk through the recipe. We went skating just the other day on the lake and Bella was on skates for the first time. She did great and didn’t compain one bit. 🙂 ❤ Laila
The crescents look heavenly!
Thank you Anjana!
What a spectacular picture of the lake! It looks like a solitary winter abyss, how wonderful for skiing. I like that the recipe uses yogurt for the pastry in addition to butter. I can imagine that they were deliciously warm and flaky right out of the oven.
Yes, the first ones disappeared right out of the oven. The rest we tried to save so they could be decorated with chocolate. 🙂
Really incredible photo of the snowy landscape, the crescents are gorgeous. They turned out just perfectly!!
Thank you Suzanne!
How wonderful to have a junior pastry chef at home and for you to encourage her interest. The crescents turned out beautifully, especially with the melted chocolate drizzled over the top. Thank you for the serene landscape photo you shared. Lovely post!
Most small children I know love helping in the kitchen. I really would hope that they would keep the interest as they get older. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post!
Lovely post. Beautiful photos and delicious looking crescents. Thank you.
Thank you so much, I appreciate it!
Everything is delicious about this post…Lovely weather you have got too!
Thanks so much Leya! We have been really spoiled these past two weeks…sun everyday!
What beautiful chocolate crescents – well done to your daughter.
I have never even seen snow let alone skied on it.
Have a super day.
🙂 Mandy xo
Ooh, I hope you have a chance to see snow and perhaps even ski someday. Have a wonderful weekend!
Beautiful crescents! I always love your photos!
Thank you so much Mimi, I appreciate it!
They look beautiful! Yum!
Thank so much! Thanks for stopping by!
I’m sure the master chef was very pleased as was the whole family with the chocolate crescents…they look wonderful. Love the first photo…it does look like you had the top of the world to yourself. 🙂
She was indeed quite pleased and even suggested that I write a blog post…and so I did! 🙂
Both of your opening shots are just amazing! And these chocolate crescents look easy and so good. Another to bookmark.
Thank you! I really think the best part of the recipe is that they are quite simple. We just doubled the amount or they would have all disappeared in an instant!
How absolutely gloriously wonderful, Laila! Pete has cousins in Finland, and we haven’t seen them for years, but it makes me happy to see what a beautiful part of the world they’re living in. And the chocolate crescents look fantastic!
Thank you Celia! So glad for blogs, they make the world a little bit smaller and possibility of acquaintance from across the globe. So glad you enjoyed the photos. And happy to have made the acquaintance with you!
Wow. Beautiful photos Laila. I just showed your chocolate crescents to my 9 year-old who said simply ‘Yes please’. I think we shall have to give these a try (we’re on school holidays). Love the addition of yogurt, which would give them more substance than croissants. Yum.
They are definitely a perfect recipe to do with kids. Not too hard and they don’t take too long. Hope you have a chance to give it a try with your junior baker!
So beautiful Laila. I’d love to experience that…at least once in my life.
I hope you will have the opporunity some day! All the best to you!
What a STUNNING photo! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, I am so obliged!
These look absolutely delicious! Lovely photos and great recipe 🙂
Thank you so much!
omg what a view !!!!
The view and soltitude is quite relaxing. Glad you enjoyed.
My girls love croissants, and my youngest loves her chocolatines. I have bookmarked this page so she can make these. She loves to bake, my Emma does!
Sounds like your girls would enjoy this recipe! 🙂 Hope you have a chance to try it out!
What a beautiful landscape, so serene! And I adore these chocolate croissants, I would make them in a heartbeat 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Beautiful … I love crescents .. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’ll definitely try this. 🙂