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12.12.13

Puffed Pastry Chocolate Flower #Foodie Friday

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puff pastry chocolate flower: Simple Living and Eating


For my macaron post my daughter and I created three ganache flavors, of course, chocolate was her favorite and she decided to make a dessert, or this can even be a sweet appetizer, with the leftover ganache. 

We always keep puff pastry dough in the freezer. It is great to use for a quick dessert, to make a popover with leftover filling from other baking, or to use as a topper for chicken pot pies.

I hope you all have your holiday preparations under control. I just got my shopping and wrapping done, and I sent Christmas cards out at the beginning of the week. What is up with Christmas cards; we don't get as many as we used to?

My main task from now until New Year's Day is to cook and bake for: a meatball dinner for the Boy Scouts, a fundraiser for my daughter's fencing school,  Christmas Eve's Feast of the Seven Fish, Christmas Day's Lasagna and a brunch that we host on New Year's Day… wish me luck and pray my oven holds out. 

May the Spirit of the Season be with you,
Diane


Puffed Pastry Chocolate Flower: simple living and eating


Puffed Pastry Chocolate Flower

by J. Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

1 package of frozen puffed pastry dough thawed
1 egg and 2 tablespoons of water for egg wash
12 tablespoons chocolate ganache (click here for chocolate ganache recipe) 
1 dozen or so blackberries 
1 dozen or so fresh mint leaves


Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper. 

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Roll puffed pastry dough out about 1/8th of inch thickness.

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Cut out two 1/2 inch circles for the center of each flower,  and ten 1 inch circles for the petals of each flower.

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Beat an egg with the water to use as an egg wash.

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Egg wash a 1/2 inch circle.

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Overlay five 1 inch circles on to the egg washed one.

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Spread 1 tablespoon of ganache on top of the base of the flower.

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Put a 1/2 inch circle in the center of the ganache covered the circle with egg wash and the exposed petals.

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Overlay five 1 inch circles on top of the egg washed ones and press down on edges.

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Egg wash the top of the flower. 

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Bake for approximately 20 minutes or  until golden brown.

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Garnish flowers with a piece of mint and a berry in the center.





Remember to visit and follow my co-host Adelina at Home Maid Simple to find out what blogger she is featuring this week!!!


Foodie Friday Features:



From: Cooking with Curls

egg foo young
Egg Foo Young

I love egg recipes because you usually have them on hand… with just a few Asian ingredients Lisa shows us how turn some leftover veggies into a Chinese meal.




From: My Carolina Kitchen

Pomegranate Glazed Chicken
Pomegranate Glazed Chicken

Sam has done it again… given us a seasonal and nutritious dish. The beautiful reds of the pomegranate seeds and the red wine in this dish are super festive. 




From: Say it with Cake

Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake

Shamene is an amazing cake baker and this cake is so gorgeous and seasonally festive. There is nothing quite like devil's food cake drenched in cherry pie filling  covered in a creamy white frosting. 


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28 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting another great party! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. You are welcome Elizabeth… have a great weekend yourself.

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  2. Thank you so much for featuring my black forest cake! I was so surprised! You made my day!! Have a great weekend!

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    1. So glad I surprised you, but you should be… you make excellent cakes. Thanks again for being part of the party.

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  3. Hi Diane,
    I love your little flowers, they would be very special treats! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Yes, they are special flowers made by my little special flower. Thanks for coming Miz Helen.

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  4. Thank you so much for featuring my Egg Foo Young, what an awesome surprise!! Those chocolate flowers look delicious and so pretty. You have quite a talented daughter! :) I'm sure you will do an awesome job creating all of those meals during the holidays. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Lisa,
      You are very welcome on the egg foo young. I plan on making it this week. Testing out appetizers for a fundraiser this weekend… cooking is the fun part. I'm glad I got the shopping done.

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  5. Those are really pretty Diane. I love the addition of the berry and mint.

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    1. Totally my daughter's idea. The mint is really great with the chocolate.

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  6. Hi Diane, I love those cute chocolate flowers! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Deb,
      I can see us using these for many occasions. So glad to see you today.

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  7. These pastries are AWESOME Diane!
    So pretty and cute :)
    Thank you for another party and I wish you a good weekend

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    1. Thanks Winnie,
      I will have to tell my daughter that you like the flowers. She is a fan of your blog and knows what a good baker you are. Alls good to see you.

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  8. Thank you Diane for including my pomegranate chicken in your features. I am very honored. Your puff pastry flowers are tres chic. I am very impressed! Thanks for hosting each week and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam my daughter is tre chic.. I wish I had her imagination with desserts. Thanks for coming by always a pleasure to have you here.

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  9. Thanks for the party, Diane :) Have a great weekend! {hugs}

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    1. You too Jamie… hope you got all your holiday stuff together.

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  10. Thanks for hosting~ Happy Holidays~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Happy Holidays to you Lynn.. good to see you.

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  11. Thanks for hosting, and oh my these puff pastry flowers are so cute :)

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    1. Your are so welcome.. thanks for coming Angela.

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  12. Thank you for hosting. I love the pretty flower cookies you made.
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

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    1. Thanks so much Mia.. I so glad you came to the party.

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    1. Thank you I find it hard to believe that a 12 year old thought of it.

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  14. Gidday Diane! This looks so delicious. I wished I'd seen it earlier. I would've done something like this for Christmas dinner. They look great. I'm featuring it at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursday. Thanks for linking up and happy new year!

    Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne...I think my daughter could have a career in baking if she wants one... I can't believe she is this creative at 12.

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