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!
5 ounces of high-quality chocolate, finely chopped
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
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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