Dark Chocolate Parcels
This a throwback to my student 'digs' days (thanks ladies). It has more recently grown into a much healthier version of itself (just like me), as I have moved away from sweet milk chocolate to using 70% dark chocolate. This is the easiest dessert to prepare and really impresses guests. Be sure to buy Puff Pastry and not its high maintenance cousin, Phyllo Pastry. It takes only 20 minutes to make (provided your oven is pre-heated).
- 2 slabs of dark chocolate
- 1 roll of frozen puff pastry (semi-defrosted)
- half a cup milk
- half a cup icing sugar
- Grease an oven tray and pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
- Roll out the semi-frozen dough so it is 4mm thick.
- Cut the pastry into 10 X 5cm rectangles.
- Break the dark chocolate pieces up and place one in the middle of each rectangle.
- Make a small parcel by folding the dough however you see fit, but ensure edges are well sealed.
- Place each parcel on the oven tray and use a brush to coat with milk (this ensures the pastry turns golden brown)
- Bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is light and golden.
- Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.
PS: Serve warm with your favourite decaf coffee or freeze the parcels so they are ready to bake when a craving strikes.
PPS: Increase the health factor by using fruit for the filling. Banana, nuts and berries all work wonderfully.