I’ve been wanting to make this extra chocolatey pain au chocolat pudding for some time. It seems so rich, decadent and over the top yet it is so simple to make. It can be thrown together in 15 minutes and can be out of the oven 30 minutes later! How easy is that?
If you have left over pain au chocolat after a long leisurely weekend breakfast (but who does?) you can use them to make a delicious chocolatey pudding that evening. That’s my kind of weekend!
I used pain au chocolat from Brioche Pasquier. I’ve eaten a lot of pain au chocolat in my time and these taste just like the ones that you buy in the Patisseries over in France. The chocolate is dark and not too sweet and its surrounded by a light brioche dough. Well worth checking them out.
So, what can I tell you about Pain au Chocolat? I suppose I could tell you how the name of this little pastry divides France, with the South West region claiming that they are called Chocolatine whilst the remainder of France insists they are Pain au Chocolat. I could tell you how this lowly little pastry was hijacked by right wing politics a number of year ago. I could even tell you how Marie Antoinette may have been the one to introduce the Croissant to France. But instead I am going to introduce you to the number 1 best selling record all about the humble Pain au Chocolat.
For all of you who would like to know what this catchy little tune is all about, my sketchy understanding is this; every day a man goes into his local patisserie to buy his daily Pain au Chocolat. Each day he is served by a smiling patisserie assistant who is ‘every bit as tasty as her croissants’. She likes him, he doesn’t notice her, she buys him a pair of glasses, his shortsightedness cured their eyes meet, they get married and have lots of children who fill up their pockets with Pain au Chocolat. If only life was that simple!
I hope that you enjoy this chocolate Pain au Chocolat pudding.