Cheat's Pain au Chocolat: Three Ways

I like to cheat with food. I like shortcuts and cop outs and ways to get things done in 5 minutes instead of 5 hours. There's definite merit in the 5 hour route but there's so much joy to be had from taking the 5 minute route. 

I have really cheated here but I'm not sorry. I would absolutely love to spend an afternoon labouring over laminated pastry dough but the fact of the matter is I just don't have the time. It takes me three days just to read a magazine so folding layers and layers of pastry just isn't at the top of my list of things to do. That said, I love breakfast and pain au chocolat is my dream way to start the day. All that lovely buttery goodness and then melted chocolate in the middle...mmmm.

Jus Rol got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to come up with some ideas of how to use their products. I have two recipes for you this week, my first is these quick ways to spruce up your breakfast table with exciting fillings for pain au chocolat using their ready made packs. 

You can see from these pictures that the ready made stuff looks just as good as the real thing, and it tastes as good too. That is my complete honest opinion. I never lie where breakfast is concerned.

Speculoos and Dark Chocolate

I cannot express how good this is. Biscuit spread warm out of the oven is just...well, there are no words. Do it. Do it now!
Spread a heaped teaspoon onto the pastry and place the dark chocolate (the pack comes with lines of chocolate that are the perfect length, if you are doing this the non-cheat way just use a square of chocolate, halved and placed one above the other). Fold the sides into the middle and turn over. 

Almond Butter and Blueberry Jam

I much prefer this combo to the traditional PB&J. Blueberry jam has a much subtler sweetness and works perfectly with the creaminess of almond butter. 
Spread a heaped teaspoon of almond butter (I like the crunchy ones) on pastry and top with a teaspoon of jam. Fold each side into the middle and turn over seam side down. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana

You can pick up chocolate peanut butter in the supermarket but if you don't have it to hand it's super quick to mix up your own. 
To fill four pain au chocolat, mix a heaped tablespoon of peanut butter with half a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a teaspoon of brown sugar (to combat the bitterness of the cocoa powder). Combine until smooth and pop a teaspoon on each pain. Spread out over the top. Slice a banana in half lengthways and then again lengthways and onces in half so you have 8 pieces. Place one on each side of the pastry and roll each side into the middle.