I wanted to create something similar a pan au chocolat, then I remembered I'm kind of a pastry braid wizard, so here's what I whipped up:
Chocolate Walnut Braid
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter
1/2 package puff pastry
1/2 cup walnuts, pulsed thru a mini food chopper
1 egg + 1 tbsp water
Preheat oven to 375degrees & line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make your egg wash and set aside.
In a microwaveable bowl, slowly melt the chocolate, milk & butter. I did it in 20 second intervals, stirring each time - careful not to burn!
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 12"x16" rectangle. The next steps are really hard for me to describe in words, so just check out the picture:
|Pastry monster!! Each little tentacle is about 1/2 inch wide|
Spread about half of the chocolate down the middle and sprinkle with half of the walnuts.
Repeat steps and then start the braiding, working right side, then left side. If you don't know how to braid and my picture doesn't make sense, just google it.
Almost done: brush with the egg wash and then guess what? You're ready to bake!! I baked for about 35 minutes, then let it cool completely on a baking rack.
I like to bust this technique out with pears, ricotta cheese, honey and nuts - super nom. It's funny whenever I make a braid, no one believes that I did it myself, like there is a secret food weaver that no one knows about....