Breakfast Goodies: Pain Au Chocolat

My tween had invited a few friends over for a sleepover, and I had wanted to give the group a special breakfast treat in addition to the usual pancakes and sausage breakfast that we typically have on Sunday mornings.  I needed something fast and easy but still enjoyable for tween boys.  I had a package of frozen puff pastry in the freezer that I decided to quickly flash-thaw in the microwave.  While the pastry was defrosting, I hunted around in the “baking” section of my pantry.  The baking section really consists of a few baskets of sprinkles, cake mixes, piping tips, yeast packets, icing sugar, and various flavors of chips such as white chocolate, peanut butter, semi sweet chocolate. I pulled out a bag of dark chocolate chips and icing sugar.  I decided to make pain au chocolat or , what my tween called it, chocolate puff pastry croissants!

I pre-heated my oven to 400 degrees, rolled out the two sheets of puff pastry that came in the standard box from my grocery store.  I cut each sheet into eighths and then put a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips on each eighth from one sheet.  I then covered each eighth with an eighth from the other sheet of pastry. I then carefully placed each pastry onto a baking sheet covered with my over-used and loved silpat mat.  I had used a fork to crimp the edges of each “croissant” so that the chocolate wouldn’t ooze out all over the baking sheet while in the oven.

I decided to give the pain au chocolat a golden sheen with an egg wash. I cracked an egg into a small bowl and whisked it with about a tablespoon of water. Using a brush, I dabbed the egg wash onto each “crossiant” and then popped the baking tray into the oven, setting the timer for 20 minutes. My oven tends to run “hot” so I had to check on the pastry every few minutes after it had been 15 minutes.

When the pastries came out of the oven, I let them cool for about 20 minutes before sprinkling the pastries with the icing sugar.

As the tweens came down the stairs, rubbing their eyes sleepily and with bedhead replacing their usual hairstyles, my son mentioned the yummy smell of chocolate.

I had put the pastries on our kitchen table along with a platter of pancakes and sausages that I managed to scrounge up during the oven cooking time.

Needless to say, the pain au chocolat was a huge hit!  The only negative was that I should have made more of them, especially considering the appetites of growing boys!

I highly recommend this recipe, since it is a sure fire hit for anyone who loves bread and chocolate!  I made a cup of espresso to go with the pastries, and I feel that espresso or coffee would be the perfect accompaniment.  The boys had hot chocolate, and were on chocolate overload!  After gobbling down the food, they headed outside to work off their sugar high with a game of basketball.

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