Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chocolate Bundles with Chocolate Ganache
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Show: Paula's Home CookingEpisode: Romantic Meal for Two

1 sheet puff pastry
2 eggs
1 teaspoon heavy cream
8 chocolate kisses (recommended: Hershey's)
8 miniature chocolate candy bars
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
Bundles: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Unfold puff pastry and cut the sheet into 2 (4 by 4-inch squares). Beat eggs and cream together to create an egg wash. Brush pastry squares with egg wash. Place 2 chocolate kisses and 1 mini candy bar in the center of each pastry square. Repeat with remaining kisses and mini-bars. Pull corners of the square up around the chocolate, brushing edges with more egg wash, if necessary, to create a secure bundle. Brush exteriors of chocolate bundles with more egg wash. Repeat with remaining bundles.

Place bundles on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

In a sauce pan bring the heavy cream to a boil. Place the chocolate pieces in a bowl and pour hot cream over top. Whisk until smooth.

Puddle ganache onto a plate and place 1 bundle on top. Top with whipped cream and additional ganache, if desired.

Serve bundles garnished with strawberry slices and mint sprigs

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