The pros: Trader Joe's Pain Au Lait is a nice light French bread that while perfect for breakfast, I can totally justify eating this during other meals as well.
The cons: Nothing jumped to my mind.
The verdict: Trader Joe's and bread that comes from you directly from France. It's a match made in heaven. Now, if you've had Trader Joe's French Brioche, you know it is something special. I've had many a cashier tell me stories of polishing off an entire loaf by themselves. I was excited to see another French bread make an appearance at my local Trader Joe's.
I'm pretty sure I hadn't seen this before and since the packaging is so similar to the brioche I decided to give this a try. You get a total of 8 buns that look a lot like hot dog rolls without being pre-sliced. They have a lovely shiny exterior.
I ate mine straight from the bag without toasting them. They were soft and buttery. And yes, they will pair well with butter, jam or jelly. But I can totally see myself dunking this into a rich cup of coffee or a hot chocolate (if the weather around NYC ever cools down to more fall like temperatures. The bread isn't quite as rich as brioche, but doesn't seem far away either. Almost like brioche "lite." It's not quite a really well-made biscuit either. It was just nice to take a bite and schmear on a bit of butter and jam.
For $2.99, this won't be a weekly purchase, but it will make its way into my cart. It's really good bread. If you are fan of the brioche, then this is worth looking for as well.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Pain Au Lait:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe's describes this bread:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Pain Au Lait again.
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