Chocolate Pin Wheels

It has been a very long time since Dave raced competitively. When he was racing we would leave for the race track in the dark and take breakfast and lunch with us. We would also take a flask with boiling water and coffee as I am not very good without coffee in the morning. Since moving to Gordons Bay Dave has not raced that often and we have not gone together to the race track in the dark. We have gone after enjoying breakfast at home and we have lunch in the VIP lounge. Very civilized if you ask me! But, when offered a Formula Ford to race Dave jumped at the opportunity and I was more than willing to wake up early and leave for the track in the dark. Things are a lot easier now as our friends have a permanent pit at the track and there is a kettle in the pit. I packed some coffee and mugs for the wake me up and I made some chocolate pin wheels for breakfast. These came about as I had some left over dough from making pain au chocolat and all I did was take it out of the freezer the night before and leave it in the fridge to defrost. I slathered on some of my home made nutella and after rolling and baking, breakfast was ready!

Chocolate Pin Wheels
Chocolate Pin Wheels
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Chocolate Pin Wheels

Recipe Category: Baking, Dessert
Makes enough for: 1 batch pinwheels
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Larousse Gastronomique page 330


  • 40 mls lukewarm milk
  • 7 g dried yeast
  • 250 g flour
  • 33 g fructose
  • 3.75 mls salt
  • 125 g softened butter
  • chocolate hazelnut spread


  • Pour the milk into a jug and add the yeast
  • Mix in well and leave to stand for 20 minutes
  • Put the flour, fructose and salt into a mixing bowl
  • Give it a mix and then make a well in the middle
  • Pour the milk mix into the well and use your fingers to make a dough, mixing as quickly as possible
  • Cover with a cloth and leave to prove for an hour
  • Roll into a rectangle on a well floured surface
  • Dot a third of the butter on the pastry and then fold the top third down and the bottom third up
  • Roll out into a rectangle and repeat with a third of the butter
  • Fold as per above and roll out into a rectangle
  • Dot the rest of the butter on the pastry and fold as per above
  • Leave to rest for 30 minutes
  • Roll into a rectangle and spread the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread over the top of the pastry
  • Roll into a sausage shape and cut into 2cm rounds
  • Place onto a lined baking tray
  • Preheat the oven to 220° Celsius
  • Leave the pastry to prove for 45 minutes
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Cool on a wire rack

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24 thoughts on “Chocolate Pin Wheels

  1. I love a breakfast bun and these look gorgeous. I love how flaky and crisp that dough is.

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