Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pain Au Chocolat (Chocolate Bread)

Beginner

If there's one thing I know, it's that the French have had a lot to do with the things that I love the most. Pastries.  I can give credit where credit is due.  Europe is notorious for bringing us some of our favorite little treats, and even occasionally some new treats as well.

This pastry has been around for a LONG time, but it's not one you'll commonly find in a bakery here in the U.S.A. I'm not sure if it's just too simple or what, but they are awesomely easy to make, and are super yummy - especially straight out of the oven!

In a sense, it's chocolate wrapped in a puff pastry covered in sugar.  My three favorite things in one treat! What's even better?  Only 4 ingredients!

What you'll need:
  • Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets 
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
How it's done:

1. Defrost your puff pastry - roughly 40 minutes.

2. Preheat your oven to 500*F - They should go that high, but if yours doesn't just adjust the cooking time for longer as needed.

3. Roll out your puff pastry, and cut it into 12 equal squares. Place a few chocolate chips in the middle of each one, and roll them up!

4. Pinch the seams so they stay closed. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.

5. Place them on parchment on the cookie sheet, and bake for 5-7 minutes.  Until puffed and golden.

6. Serve and enjoy!

You could top them off with some powdered sugar, or a chocolate drizzle for an even better pastry but that's up for you.  I am also a fan of a raspberry drizzle if you're really in the mood for something special.

***You could use pre-made croissant dough if you were desperate but it wont taste as good!