Monday, January 23, 2012

Quick Fix Chocolate Parcels for a Desperate Housewife

Have I told you that one of my best friends is frozen puff pastry sheets? They are very versatile and handy, especially when I ‘m desperate. Dinner guests at short notice, for examples. If we have guests, I will cook whatever we have planned for that day for main but increase the portion. We do not normally have pudding every evening after dinner, maybe just once or twice a week. However, when we have dinner guests, it is a good excuse to have pudding, don’t you think? 

These chocolate parcels are excellent for occasions like these as they are so easy to prepare as long as you have puff pastry sheets in your freezer and a bar or two of good quality chocolate in your pantry.


1 sheet frozen puff pastry cut into 4 squares (or rectangles) - thawed

100 grams of good dark chocolate (about sixteen rectangles- 25 grams/ 4 rectangles per parcel). You can also use half dark and half milk chocolate with high cocoa content – I use Whitaker’s Milk Chocolate with 33% cocoa.

1 Egg – lightly beaten to glaze

Icing sugar 



Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree (C)

Place 4 squares of chocolate onto one side of the pastry rectangle and fold the other side over, crimp the edge to seal. You can crimp them by hand or use a fork to press down the edges together. Repeat this with the other three rectangles.

Glaze the parcels with egg and place them on the baking paper lined tray, bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve warm (when the chocolate filling is still gooey) with sifted icing and vanilla ice-cream.

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