Enjoy making this classic French treat in the comfort of your own kitchen. Featuring classic pastry dough made with butter, flour, sugar, and milk this recipe is then baked with plain chocolate.
- 500g very strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 easy bake yeast sachet ((7g))
- 75g unrefined golden caster sugar
- 270ml water
- 350g butter (unsalted)
- 250g plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
1Mix together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast and water in a mixing bowl to form a firm dough. Knead for 10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes in an electric mixer bowl using a dough hook.
2Remove the butter from the fridge and warm very slightly so that it can be flattened out into a rough rectangle about 1-2cm thick.
3Roll out the dough into a rectangle that is roughly a third larger than the size of the butter.
4Place the butter on top of the dough, making sure it only covers two-thirds of it.
5Fold the third of the dough that’s not covered by the butter over the butter-covered dough. You will be left with a third of the butter-covered dough exposed. Fold that back onto the dough, layering the dough and the butter.
6Roll the butter and dough layers with a rolling pin to press them down. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
7Take the dough butter mix out of the fridge, place the short end towards you and roll out the dough into a rectangular shape, approximately 15mm thick. Repeat the folding process, cover with cling-film and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
8Repeat the folding and chilling process two more times so that you have rolled and folded 4 times. Wrap loosely in cling film and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Roll out the chilled dough to a large rectangle the thickness of a pound coin.
9Cut the dough into 12 x 12cm squares.
10Using a sharp knife, cut the chocolate into 12 lengths (don’t worry if it shatters a little). Arrange a row of chocolate along one edge of each piece of dough and roll the dough over forming a sausage.
11Place the pain au chocolat on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to prove for 1 hour.
12Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7). Bake the pain au chocolat for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden. Serve warm.