Thursday, August 15, 2013

chocolate & puff pastry pinwheels



Chocolate and puff pastry pinwheels remind me of a dessert that the Barefoot Contessa would serve to her friends. 

Maybe it's because I've watched her for years, and appreciate how she can transform puff pastry into delicious desserts using simple ingredients.




With a few chocolate bars that were gifted to me for my birthday, I thought I would transform puff pastry into Chocolate Pinwheels . . . 

                 . . . and I'm so glad that I did. 

Imagine with me . . . 
      creamy, smooth dark and milk chocolate pieces nestled in the curls of a light, flaky, buttery puff pastry crust. 
                                    Mmmmmm . . . .

Have you ever had a fresh baked croissant filled with chocolate?

           Well, these remind me of that heavenly French pastry.




If you follow my blog, then you know that I've become a big fan of galette's for their easy-to-prepare nature . . . and beautiful and rustic appearance, like here and here. They're also quite delicious. 

I'm finding it quite valuable to have a few desserts in my repertoire that have few ingredients and are easy-to-prepare like a galette . . . and these puff pastry pinwheels fit the bill.




I love chocolate, especially DARK chocolate . . . and my closest friends and family know that too. So when my birthday rolled around last month, I was given lots of it!

These chocolate bars were waiting for a special occasion . . . so they made their debut in this chocolate and puff pastry pinwheels dessert (smile!).










You don't have to use high-quality chocolates for this recipe, 
but it sure is luxurious when you do. 




For the milk chocolate lover, you can use all milk chocolate . . . and for the dark chocolate lover, use can use all dark chocolate. 

I chose to use a combination of dark and milk chocolate for this pinwheel. 

For entertaining guests, I feel that a mix of both chocolates is a nice balance of 
                      the deep character and vibrant notes through the dark chocolate . . .
          and the elegantl smooth texture of extra creamy milk chocolate. 




This simple, yet elegant pastry is the perfect dessert 
for when you're relaxing with your best-girl friends, or entertaining a group. 

You can dress them up with a drizzle of fresh raspberry sauce, 
or enjoy them with a cup of hot cocoa.

Whatever you choose, I promise you'll enjoy!




Ingredients
5 ounces of high-quality chocolate, finely chopped
heavy cream
puff pastry




Preparation

Thaw puff pastry according to the directions on the box.
Leave in the refrigerator until you prepare this dessert.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Unroll puff pastry
Brush with heavy cream
Finely chop the chocolate, and then spread on top of puff pastry
* Leave 1/2-inch border at the far end
Roll puff pastry, as tight as you can
Pinch the end closed
Place puff pastry roll back into the refrigerator for 20 minutes
Remove and slice into 1-inch rounds, and place on baking sheet
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes
Cool on baking rack

Makes 12-14 pinwheels

Enjoy!


Here's a pictorial . . .

~ gently open roll of puff pastry ~


~ brush top with heavy cream ~


 ~ spread finely chopped chocolate on top of puff pastry ~
Leave a 1/2-inch border at the far end, so that you can pinch the roll closed.


 ~ slowly roll puff pastry as tight as you can ~




~ Gently pinch the roll closed ~
and place roll back into refrigerator for 20 minutes 


~ Cut 1-inch rounds and place on baking sheet ~
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 375 degrees F


. . . and now, enjoy!



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40 comments:

  1. i love chocolate. i love puff pastry... WHATS WRONG WITH ME THAT I NEVER MADE THESE! just my cup of tea and such pretty tempting pics to boot~

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    1. Hi 'a quiet life,'

      I don't know, but after eating several, I wondered the same thing!!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Love the gorgeous photos on your site!
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog, Suzanne. Hope you come back again. I too love Ina and am inspired by her all the time. My husband refers to himself as my Jeffrey. Have a terrific weekend.

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    1. Hi Zaza!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      your husband must be one lucky man :0)
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  3. Those look awesome! I am pinning them! I am having a house warming party in a month and I know my friends would love these! I also love your Anthropologie mug :)
    I think I may try white chocolate, too...
    Blessings to you as you make your home!

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    1. Hi Leslie!

      Thanks for coming by!
      I think they would make a great cookie for a house-warming!
      I'm anxious to try white chocolate and chopped pistachios :0)
      Don't you LOVE Anthropologie's mugs? I have one for each of us. Love them!!
      Be sure and stop by again soon.
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  4. Oh my word, these look soooooooooooooo good and decadent. I would probably eat the whole batch. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Hi Marty!

      So happy you came by!
      Yes, they are so so good! And the high-quality chocolate makes them decadent. Right out of the oven, its hard not to eat them all ;0)
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  5. Oh my goodness...these look absolutely fantastic...my mouth is watering as we speak! They really look pretty easy too! I just may have to try this recipe!

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    1. Hi Debby!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      They're so easy to make . . . and so so good! Especially a few minutes out of the oven. Yum!
      I hope you give them a try soon :0)
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  6. These look amazing! One of my favorite treats as a child was chocolate filled croissants. Pinning this for later! Thanks.

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    1. Hi Erin!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      I wish I knew about chocolate filled croissants at a child. It might have been my favorite dessert too :0)
      These are so easy to make! I hope you give them a try soon.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  7. Looks divine ! Love anything using Puff Pastry - pinned :-)

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    1. Hi Linda!

      I'll admit . . . I'm somewhat new to the Puff Pastry world. In this short time, however, I'm amazed at all it's capabilities. I'll soon be posting a savory using puff pastry. So please come by again soon.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  8. looks great!so easy recipe!
    thanks for sharing!
    hugs

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  9. This looks awesome. My husband and I have been wanting to try working with puff pastry more, and I think this will be a perfect recipe for us to try. Thank you for sharing this with the Less Laundry, More Linking Party.

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    1. Hi Brenna!
      So happy you came by!
      You'll find that puff pastry is amazing to work with (and eat)! I hope you return to tell me how you two did making your first dessert (or savory) using puff pastry :0)
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  10. I love puff pastry! I am not a huge chocolate lover, but combined with the pastry it looks divine! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. A wonderful addition to afternoon tea!

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    1. Hi Shirley!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I couldn't agree more. Or a morning cup of cofee ;0)
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  12. Ok, you got me, puff pastry, chocolate, what is not to love? Oh yes, and my favorite, EASY! thank you I think!
    Jenna

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    1. Hi Jenna!
      So happy you stopped by!
      They're so easy and so delicious!
      Lol, you're welcome ;0)
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  13. Yep, still jealous of your talent and photog skills. Thanks again for linking up with us at the TGIF Link Party.

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    1. Hi Aleshea!

      Thanks so much for coming by again!
      I LOVE that you tell folks to "always take the sweet tea!"
      Awesome :0)
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  14. Dear Suzanne, I love how simple and delicious these pinwheels are. I could go for one...maybe two right now!

    Stop by soon, I'm hosting a special giveaway that I would love for you to be a part of.

    Have wonderful weekend. Blessings, Catherine

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  15. Oh I could eat these all on my own! The chocolate is to die for! Stopping by from Less Laundry, More Linking link party

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    1. Hi Rachel!

      So happy you came by!
      Between you and I, I think I ate half a dozen before my family knew that I even made them. They're quite addicting :0)
      Please come back again soon.
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  16. Oh my goodness those look so yummy. I would to try them. Hopping over from The Blog Strut. Have a great weekend:)

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    1. Thanks, Trina!
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  17. I've never used puff pastry before, but these look so yummy! Must try!

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    1. Hi Jeanne!

      So happy you came by!
      A recipe can't get much easier than this! I really hope you give it a try soon :0)
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  18. Wow! This looks deee-licious! We’d love to have you share your recipe at our weekly Saturday Link Party ! Deb @ madefrompinterest.net

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    1. Hi Deb!
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      And thank you so much for the invitation to join your party.
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  19. I love these! They are my daughter's favorite thing to make. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Have a wonderful weekend and please join us next Friday.

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    1. Hi Lisa!

      Happy you stopped by!
      It's hard to go wrong when you add puff pastry to anything savory or sweet. I'm sure you would agree ;0)
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  20. These pastries are terrific!
    If I could I'd grab them all now and eat :)

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    1. Hi Winnie!
      Love your comment. Thanks for the smile :0)
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  21. These are little puffs of heaven! You know that chocolate has no calories in heaven and I know they will be serving these!!!! : ) hugs...tfs!

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    1. Hi Andrea!

      So happy you came by, and yes, I totally knew that chocolate has no calories in heaven!
      You're the best!
      Suzanne

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  22. These look so delicious! Will definitely have to try these! Thanks for sharing! :)

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