Ready, Set Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating
First of all. I don't speak French although I do live in Canada and I studied the language all through grade school. I just felt that trying to find Pitou was exhausting so I stared out the window and ultimately got into trouble for not listening in class. (this hasn't changed by the way....I still don't pay attention)
Secondly, I'm not a pastry chef so what do I know about croissants and puff pastry? Nothing. With the exception that I like when someone else makes the dough and bakes something nice for me. Don't get confused by the name of this french pastry. It may say PAIN (which is bread) - but it is pronounced Pa_n with the N being nasal and sort of silent. Oh here .....listen for yourself → "how to pronounce Pain in French"
Lastly, I'm not gonna lie but I really was stumped for something to make today. I did kinda know that I had some ingredients in the house to use up but honestly I was lost.
In comes Sweet Paul's to the rescue. I saw these cute little Pain Au Chocolat pinwheels on there and they looked both cute and delish. AND GUESS WHAT? I had all the ingredients to make them!
Mind you, there are technically only three. I added some extra's just to spruce them up a bit.
Puff Pastry Dough
Really? Yes, really.
How's that for easy? My kind of recipe. ONE, TWO,THREE - BAKE IT and HAVE IT ALL FOR ME.
Pain Au Chocolat - Inspired by Sweet Paul's Magazine
1 roll ready-made puff pastry dough 4 pieces dark chocolate or 4 heaping tsps of mini chocolate chips 1 egg (for eggwash) golden sugar, optional icing sugar, optional additional chocolate for drizzling, optional but totally necessary
Heat the oven to 400°F Cut the pastry into around 4" squares - I simply cut each square of puff pastry into 4. Use a knife to make around a 1" incision from each corner towards the centre. Each corner is now made up of 2 points. Brush the eggwash over the edges. Put 1 piece of chocolate or 1 heaping teaspoon of the chocolate chips in the middle of each pastry. Fold every other “point” into the centre and press them together over the chocolate to form a pinwheel shape. Brush more eggwash over each pastry. Sprinkle with golden sugar for a nice crunch. Bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes. While still warm, drizzle with melted chocolate and dust with icing sugar if desired.