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…right Steve?)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
How’s that for easy? My kind of recipe. ONE, TWO,THREE – BAKE IT and HAVE IT ALL FOR ME.
- 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.