One of the highlights of my trip to Nice was the discovery that I actually rather liked the humble pain au chocolat.
I had always been somewhat sceptical of pastry, never really understanding the appeal of the croissant or the pie. Needless to say I was rather disappointed with the standard of Irish pain au chocolat; they simply couldn’t compare to the marvellous morsels baked at the boulangerie.
When I spotted the Jus Rol pain au chocolat package, I balked at first. How could you possibly get anything fresh and tasty from a refrigerated canister? Curiosity eventually got the better of me though, and with a price tag of €2 I felt I had nothing to lose.
The verdict? Not quite up to French standards but surprisingly delightful. Definitely worth a try!
Do it yourself
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C, or gas mark 4.
- Simply peel the paper off the can and watch it slide itself open. Twist it gently to fully remove the dough.
- Slowly unravel the roll of dough and separate it into individual pieces. There are perforated lines to guide you.
- Open the packet of chocolate sticks provided and place one at each end of the piece of dough. Roll each end of the dough around the chocolate stick toward the centre. Repeat this step for each piece of dough.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper or greaseproof paper. Place each piece of dough on the tray with the creased side (where the rolled dough meets) facing down. Be careful to leave enough space for the dough to expand while baking.
- Place the pain au chocolat in the oven for approximately 12 mins, or however long it takes them to brown nicely.
Handy Tips from Jus Rol: If you want to add an extra crispy touch you can brush each piece of dough with an egg wash or some cold milk.