Seems like I've been drawn to all things French lately.....A few nights ago I watched Coco Avant Chanel, starring the absolutely gorgeous Audrey Tatou, whom you may recall was in one of my favourite movies, Amelie. Coco was wonderful as well - full of fashion and glorious Parisian panorama. Who knew Chanel was such a social rebel?
Being inspired by France and all of its loveliness, I decided to simulate something here, that I know I will love there: Pain au Chocolat. This recipe has been hiding out in a binder of mine for years, and I don't know why I haven't made it sooner. Nothing could be simpler or more lavish on a brunch table; or boxed up with a pretty bow and brought with you to someone else's brunch table. Easily prepped the night before, and a quick bake in the morning - Voila! Melted dark chocolate mingles with the buttery layers of puff pastry in a heavenly poem* that is sure to send you pining for France.
2 sheets puff pastry (one 17.3 ounce package), thawed, each sheet cut into 12 squares. Or if you are unable to find the sheet kind, roll out each half until 1/8 inch thick, and cut into squares. (The sheet size I used was approximately 13"x 17" and I cut 12 squares out of that. If you can't find that big a size, just roll out what you can, and make the squares accordingly.
1 large egg, beaten, with a bit of water
4 100g. bars bittersweet or milk chocolate. Each bar cut into six 2x1" pieces, about. Mine sort of just cracked and I dished it out accordingly.