When friends stop by, I am never without dessert. I always have a frozen baguette and chocolate on hand, and that means dessert is minutes away.
After defrosting the bread in the microwave, I slice the baguette horizontally, and top the halves with my favorite dark chocolate chips (Valrhona or Ghirardelli), a touch of olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Into the oven it goes, and in a snap, out comes one of the best chocolate feasts on the planet, loved by grown-ups and kids alike. Watch their eyes grow wide when this platter hits the table!
In grill season, I toast the baguette halves first on the grill, add the topping to each half, and close the grill lid for a minute or two until the chocolate melts.
You can make this on any “raft,” by the way, including one that is gluten-free. It all depends what you have on hand or crave—saltines, Glutinos (gluten-free crackers), Matzoh, sliced white bread, or crêpes.