Monday, May 17, 2010

Chocolate Bundles with Chocolate Sauce

This dessert totally reminds me of my daughter. She is as girly as a four year old girl can be. She once told me that she didn't need makeup because her face is still too fancy! She loves to twirl in pink fluffy skirts and pretty shoes. The best day of her life is when she gets her hair done or nails painted. And her favorite Disney princess is...all of them!

So the reason this dessert reminds me of her is because it's what I would consider a "fancy" dessert. Buttery puff pastry wrapped around oozy chocolate and peanut butter in a shape that resembles a little handbag. It's then adorned in whipped cream, chocolate ganache and strawberries. As Fancy Nancy would say, Magnifique!

But, here's the real kicker to these precious little treats, they take about five minutes to make, and require only a few simple ingredients. There is no trick to them, no intricate technique or unattainable ingredient. In fact, I kind of just threw them together, I was in a hurry! The perfect dessert, good enough for all of us princesses!

Chocolate Bundles with Chocolate Sauce
By Paula Deen


For the bundles:
•1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
•2 eggs
•1 teaspoon whipping cream
•8 chocolate drops (recommended: Hershey's kisses)
•8 miniature chocolate candy bars (I used Reeses mini cups)
For the chocolate sauce:
•1/2 cup heavy cream
•4 ounces milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
•Sweetened whipped cream, optional
•Fresh strawberries, sliced, for garnish
•Mint sprigs, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

For the bundles:
Allow the puff pastry to thaw, covered, for 30 minutes at room temperature. When it is pliable, unfold puff pastry and cut the sheet into 4 squares

Beat the eggs and cream together to create an egg wash. Brush the entire surface of each pastry square with egg wash. In the center of each pastry square, place 2 chocolate drops and 2 miniature candy bars. Pull the corners of each square up around the chocolate, and twist the top of the dough clockwise to complete the "bundle." Brush the exteriors of the chocolate bundles with more egg wash.

Place the bundles on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden brown.

For the chocolate sauce:
In a small saucepan bring the heavy cream to a boil. Place the chocolate pieces in a bowl and pour hot cream over the top. Whisk until the sauce is smooth.

Puddle the chocolate sauce on each plate and place a bundle on top. Top with whipped cream and additional chocolate sauce, if desired. Serve the bundles garnished with strawberry slices and mint sprigs.

I made these to share with my foodie friends Alissa and Sara. In return Sara shared with us her delicious pasta with sage and browned butter. Alissa brought along an incredible watermelon salsa, both dishes I could not keep my fork out of! Be sure to keep an eye on their blogs for the recipes!


Cristine said...

What cute little bundles! They sound and look fantastic!

Julie said...

Those look so delicious!! And fancy :)

Pam said...

They look great and sound delicious! Wish you could pass one this way!

Erica said...

haha- your daughter sounds awesome :) That is one incredible looking dessert- I can't believe how easy it is to put together. And yes, being a group fitness instructor is wonderful! No only because I get paid to workout ;) but its nice to know I'm helping people stay healthy!

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

I love anything wrapped in puff pastry! Especially chocolate!

Alissa said...

Oh that dessert was diviiiiine! I still can't believe how easy it was to prepare!!! It doesn't taste easy, it really does taste FANCY!!! Mmmmm! I love Jayda & her pink princess-y ways!

Alissa said...

Oh yeah, and thanks for the shout out girl! you're awesome!

JG said...

Oh, your Chocolate Bundles look so yummy! Easy to make is an added plus.

Holly said...

Those bundles are adorable!! I love paula deen recipes!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Your daughter and I would be wonderful friends.

Jenn said...

chocolate on chocolate equals a winner. I've always preferred Ariel and Cinderella of all the princesses. hehehe...

Taste of Beirut said...

These are adorable little bundles! Totally irresistible!

Melody said...

Got to try this one! Sounds delicious!

Pam said...

The bundles would make both of my kids happy... actually they would make me happy too!

Krista said...

Ooooh. Ahhhh. These chocolate bundles do look amazing! I bet my little princesses (also obsessed with the Disney girls) would love them would I!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

These look delicious! And I love how easy they are. My Grandma used to make something similar. Your daughter sounds so cute!

Ingrid said...

Little girls are something else, arn't they?

I bet this would be excellent with crescent roll dough, too. I love those.

Barbara said...

Delicious looking bundles! Nothing hits the spot more than a puff pastry and chocolate pairing.
And I love the idea of a brown butter and sage pasta.

Joanne said...

Your daughter sounds absolutely adorable! And this dessert is fit for a her :P

Me, Myself and Pie said...

What a cute little dessert! (Please tell me it will keep my waste line looking cute, too? One can dream...) Oh, and I love Fancy Nancy. I can't wait to have a little girl so I can read those books to her! ;-)

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Sook said...

The chocolate sauce looks delicious! I am craving chocolate right now. :)

Lara said...

I've been on a sugar only once a week diet and these are making my mouth water and it's only 7:30am! I'm putting these on my short list!

♥peachkins♥ said...

extra chocolate sauce for me,please!

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Angela said...

Mmm, I think now that I have a daughter, I have the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of these lovely little desserts! :)

Katy ~ said...

I just had to smile and smile when I read about your daughter's face being too fancy for makeup. I think that is adorable and positively true. Gosh that is endearing.

And boy these bundles DO look fancy and delicious and girly!

chayacomfycook said...

The wonders of puff pastry and some talent. These are adorable and loveable.