This year, my insane amount of school work left me with very little time to come up with and bake a dessert for Thanksgiving. So, I sort of cheated and made pain au chocolat. I mean, it was still a pretty, delicious dessert, but it was so simple that I feel like I cheated. I've had this recipe written on an index card for as long as I can remember, and it is my go-to dessert when time and/or money is short: It takes about 10 minutes of prep work before you put it in the oven, and it cost me about $7 to make 18 servings. Pain au chocolat is a chocolate-filled pastry that is served for breakfast in France. Here is my super cheap and fast recipe, if you can even call it a recipe:
2 sheets/1 box of frozen puff pastry dough (freezer aisle at the grocery store)
1 king size chocolate bar, or bag of chocolate chips
1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (aka egg wash)
A bit of flour to cover your work space
Parchment paper to line your baking sheets to prevent sticking
Thaw the pastry dough according to the instructions on the box. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle the counter with flour and unfold the dough. Next, use a knife to divide each sheet into 9 pieces.
Chop up the chocolate into small pieces and place 1 piece on each square of dough.
Roll up each square to completely encase the chocolate. Move to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the top of each roll with the egg wash. The egg wash helps give the pastries a nice, golden color. Pop these in the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature- but they are much better served warm.
*Missoni for Target serving tray