As a family we struggle to find exciting breakfasts, and generally revert to good old toast or cereal. However, sometimes it’s nice to have an exciting, fancy breakfast; one that feels a little more luxurious than the usual. Sadly, it seems to me that most exciting breakfasts involve some combination of dairy, eggs or nuts, which is certainly not ideal in our household, and makes most exciting options out of bounds.
I always feel particularly bad when we go to France and the girls can’t tuck into a crisp flaky croissant or Pain au Chocolat like (it seems) everyone else. I have made my own rather successful Pain au Chocolat which are dairy-free but they do take a good few hours to laminate the layers, and I’m sure not many people have the time to make homemade viennoiserie too often. Personally, I think it’s a great way to spend a day, but then I’m a bit of a baking fanatic 😉
This recipe is essentially a quick an easy version of a chocolate filled breakfast pastry and is based on those chocolate twists you see in coffee shops or bakery counters. I think a twist is a very appealing pastry, with the filling peeping out of the turns between the layers of golden pastry. Served warm with a little dusting of icing sugar these chocolate twists are the perfect, easy breakfast pastry. They also freeze brilliantly, so I bake a batch to freeze then in the morning i place it frozen into the microwave for 20 seconds to thaw, then into the oven for 5 minutes to warm. Ta Da, the perfect fresh warm pastry for breakfast heaven!
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, can be soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)
300ml dairy-free milk, I used Oatly
3 tbsp dairy-free margarine, such as Pure
450-500g plain flour
2 tsp dried yeast
50g or 1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp chocolate extract [optional] or vanilla essence
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cornflour
For the filling:
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp dairy-free spread
50g dairy-free chocolate, finely chopped [optional]
- Melt the margarine and milk together – you want it to be warm and melted but not hot
- In a bowl mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, cornflour and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk.
- Bring together to a soft dough and knead until its smooth and bounces back when prodded. Cover and let double in size
- Mix together the filling ingredients (except the chopped chocolate) to form a soft paste. Set aside.
- Knock back the risen dough and roll out to a large long rectangle
- Smear on the chocolate paste. Sprinkle over the chocolate pieces, then fold in half
- Cut into even slices and twist each one to form a lovely swirly pastry
- Place on lined and greased baking pans and cover and leave to rise again for another half an hour
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 4/375 degrees F
- Bake for 17-20 minutes until risen, golden and cooked through
- Dust with icing sugar before serving