Puff au Chocolat avec Fraises, Basilic, Fleur de Sel
Celebrate Cupid’s holiday with Puff au Chocolat! Heart-shaped, check. Chocolate, check. Strawberries, check. Plus somethings a bit unexpected on Valentine’s Day – basil and salt. But the combination really is stellar. And you’ll have plenty of time to spend with your sweetheart, as this recipe uses store-bought puff pastry and takes only about 20 minutes (active time) to compose.
You might serve some creme fraiche on the side or pair with a glass of sherry. We like Bodega Dios Baco NV Oloroso Sherry from Jerez, Spain which has wonderful aromas of nuts, vanilla and caramel with rich semi-sweet creamy flavors. Oloroso sherries offer a terrific balance between sweet and dry.
Puff au Chocolat Recipe
(technique adapted from Barbara Lynch)
9 X 9 sheet of puff pastry dough, thawed and chilled
1 egg, beaten
Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
Cut the dough into the shape of a heart, place on the parchment paper.
Pierce the dough all over with a fork. Brush with egg.
Place another piece of parchment on top of the dough.
Top with another baking sheet, then weight it down with an overproof skillet.
Bake at 375° for about 25 minutes until golden. Cool completely.
3.5 oz. milk chocolate, finely chopped
3.5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 c. creme fraiche
2 t. rum
2 t. sugar
Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl.
In a small saucepan – whisk creme fraiche, rum, and sugar over low heat until smooth.
Place chocolate bowl over a pot of hot water.
Pour creme fraiche mixture over chocolate and whisk until melted.
Spread chocolate over pastry.
(There may be extra chocolate ganache, enjoy!).
Arrange sliced strawberries atop the chocolate.
Sprinkle with fleur de del.
Garnish with basil ribbons.
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Try Puff au Chocolate with your favorite fresh fruits, or dried fruits and nuts.
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