Honestly, while I enjoyed this foray into food porn, I didn't actually take many recipes from it. Much like when I was confronted with the gargantuan chocolate buffet on a cruise, the sheer volume of options proved overwhelming and I ultimately went away disappointed. On the cruise, maybe it also had to do with some really rough seas and nausea... just saying!
But, the one recipe I vowed to make was a chocolate pinwheel. First, I'm always looking for new ways to make something with puff pastry. Second, it's CHOCOLATE! The Food Network treatment of these two ingredients was pretty simple - chopped chocolate, heavy cream, and puff pastry rolled, cut, and baked. I liked the results, but I thought it needed an even sweeter touch, so I created a glaze of peach jam to provide a fruity punch. These are great with a cup of coffee, served as a crunchy biscuit with ice cream, or just when you're craving a bit of chocolatey sweetness. Plus, my modifications make the ingredients even easier to find and less messy (love mini chocolate chips!). Happy Eating!
Chocolate Pinwheels1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/4 cup peach preserves or jam
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush puff pastry with 2 Tbsp heavy cream leaving 1/4 inch border. Sprinkle on chocolate chips to edge of cream. Roll up puff pastry jelly-roll style. Trim 1/4 inch off each side with a sharp serrated knife. Slice into 12 pieces, abour 1/2-inch thick each. Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 - 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack. Meanwhile, microwave peach preserves or jam in microwave for 20 - 30 seconds or until softened and liquidy. Brush each pinwheel with peach preserves. (Can also spread with preserves when you eat and leave off as they will soften).