Baked Pastries always go down well in our house as they are a treat, and it wasn’t until when I have had to start looking for “milk free” products for Joshua, that I realised just how much stuff milk is actually in! Luckily Aldi is getting lots of free from and vegan products in, which means that I am finding it much easier to make things for Joshua whilst still making super tasty food for everyone starting with these Chocolate Pastries.
Now these are really easy to make, and depending on which chocolate you use will depend on how much it will cost. You can make them with any chocolate, or even chocolate spread if you choose to! But for this blog post, I’m going to make two different types of chocolate pastries and use half of the pastry to make 3 Pain au Chocolats and the other half to make 6 Chocolate Twists. The things you will need are:
- 1 Pack Ready Roll Puff Pastry (Aldi is definitely Milk Free)
- 75g Dark Chocolate (Check as some still has milk in it! The ones I have in are “may contains” )
- A little milk (Oat, Almond, Soya etc)
Step 1 – Take the pastry out of the fridge and allow it to come up to room temperature before using it and make sure to set your oven to 190°c/375°f/Gas Mark 5.
Step 2 – Cut your pastry as you would like it. As you can see it’s not perfect,I split the pastry down the middle and on the left I have split half the pastry into 3 parts to make rectangles, on the right I made 6 long strips to make the twists.
Step 3 – Pop your chocolate in! As I said previously you can use any chocolate you’d like, but we are opting for Milk Free this time around so Joshua can enjoy them too. For this step I broke the chocolate up into chunks (or if it has square chunks use that, but mine didn’t) and laid them where I wanted them to be.
Step 4 (For the Twists!) – fold the pastry over the top and press the sides down firmly, you could even crimp them if you wanted to make sure it didn’t come apart, then just twist gently and pop on a tray.
Step 4 (For the Pain au Chocolats!) – From the outside edge where you put the chocolate chunks you are going to fold it inwards on either side, then repeat that again to get them to look like the above picture. Once that is done, I just pressed the ends together and turned them over onto the flat side.
Step 5 – Pop your twists onto a baking tray and brush a little Oat Milk (or whatever milk you are using) onto your pastry. Then pop your tray into the oven for around 15 minutes or until golden.
Tah Dah!!! Your Pain au Chocolats and Chocolate Twists are done and ready to eat (once they have cooled a little!) This always goes down an absolute treat in our house and I was so excited to make them for Joshua aswell so that he could join in with the yummy treats. Unfortunately he reacted to the “may contain” chocolate so I will make sure to get “Moo Free/Free From or Nomo etc” next time, but as you can see below, before he reacted, he absolutely loved it!
Also, I just wanted to add the costs for you for this super easy bake. The total cost of what I made was £1.75 because of the chocolate I was using. If I used Aldi’s ‘everyday essential’ chocolate and made a dairy version, this would only cost you a maximum of £1.15! It really does depend on the chocolate you use, but pastries can be super affordable and they are so tasty, especially as a treat!! I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and if you have any other things you would like to see, or any favourite Milk Free chocolate, please let me know so I can try it for Joshua.