Friday, 19 October 2012

Jus-Rol puff pastry!

What you'll need:
- Jus-Rol puff pastry (or any ready made puff pastry)
- White chocolate
- Dark chocolate
- Cheese
- Cinnamon
- Brown sugar
- Salted butter
- Plain flour
- Rolling pin
- A sharp knife and a normal knife
- A clean ruler

So first we'll make the chocolate croissants;

 First put the flour on the work surface - this means the pastry won't stick to it and will be easier to roll! Put some on the dough and the rolling pin too.

Roll out the pastry so it's about 5mm thick.
 Now cut out a square that's 5inches by 5inches, and then cut this in half to make two triangles.
 Now we need to cut the chocolate into fine pieces. We did this buy moving the sharp knife down the side of the chocolate to make shards, but you could also use a grater. Make sure there are no large chunks!
 Next we put the chocolate shards onto the triangle. If making a butter croissant  then now's the time to put the butter on. Make sure you use quite a lot - more than in my picture! Ours didn't taste buttery enough at all.

 Here's the tricky part - we need to roll the triangle from the base up. Go slowly and try to make the rolls as small as possible. Once done, bend the long edges towards you and whallah! Cook on gas mark 6 for just over 10 minutes and eat straight from the oven!

 For cinnamon swirls:

 Cut out long strips of pastry and cover them in lots of cinnamon. We didn't have any cinnamon so had to use ground mixed spice, but they'd taste much better with cinnamon! If you like a milder hint, sprinkle on the amount shown in the picture. For those who love cinnamon (like me) sprinkle on a lot more and rub it into the pastry! Then roll up your strip, holding it together by putting a little dab of water on the end when you finish rolling. Cook on gas mark 6 until golden!

 For cheese twists:

Cut out thick strips of pastry and grate some cheese onto them. Try to press the cheese into the strip so it doesn't fall out! Using both hands, twist the strip and put onto a greased tray straight away so it doesn't have much time to untwist! Put them in the oven on gas mark 6 for 6 minutes, then top with some more cheese and put them back in until lovely and goldeny brown!

Enjoy! Don't forget you can freeze some of the uncooked croissants to bake another time!

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