It was called October Unprocessed and I was to eat no processed foods throughout the entire month.
You also, may or may not know about me through this blog, that I eat pretty well and, although I love sugar, I tend to bake most of my own sweets (not that this makes it any better on my waistline!).
October 31st was Halloween (in case you forgot :)), and I have a terrible weakness for those tiny little chocolate bars (after all, how many calories can there be in one of those itty bitty bars? And does it really matter when I eat 6 in a row?). So, I resisted buying any because having them in the house would have made my October challenge unbearable (I also live on a farm with a really long driveway which means I get no trick-or-treaters...kind makes me sad).
Then, on November 1st when my challenge was over, I realized I could maybe indulge.
"I'll just buy a small package" said the little voice...
Who's kidding who?
I bought a big package...and who could resist the $15 box selling the day after Halloween for $3?
Come on...tell me you all wouldn't have done the same thing!
Make me feel better.
After a very small "sugar consumption", I got to thinking..."maybe I can put some of these goodies to use in a more creative way". Hmmmm....
If you have been living under a rock for the past year, I should tell you that deep fried Mars bars have been the rage for a while (and, btw, in case you didn't know, it all started in a pub somewhere in England where the pub owner was asked for a dessert and the only thing he had was Mars bars and left over batter from his fish and chips...the rest is history). I have had them and they are good but they are very greasy and probably not high on a cardiologist's list of best desserts to consume. So, why not try to make it a wee bit better?
So the chocolate pillow was born (on top of the fact that I was trying to get rid of puff pastry that I had in the freezer). If you love to have recipes with proper ingredient measurements, you are going to hate me...this one is a "throw together" dessert.
But your kids will love it...that is if you have any Halloween candy left!
1/2 pkg puff pastry
Handful of mini chocolate bars (Mars bars and Snickers work best...stay away from ones that have cookie bases like Twix or Mr. Big).
1 egg, beaten
Sanding sugar (which is coarse sugar which makes the topping crispier...but you can use regular sugar too)
2. Flour your counter and roll out the dough into a rectangle (just short of twice the original size). Cut the dough down the center vertically and place the bars along the sides of each piece of dough (sorry but I forgot to take a picture of this!). With a pastry cutter or sharp knife, cut horizontally between each of the bars. With a pastry brush, "paint" the edges of the dough and fold over to close; press the edges tightly.
Note to self: replace Silpat baking mats...they look terrible! I have had them for almost 15 years, and at the rate that I bake, I think they are ready to go to the bin!
But only if you eat them fast.
Hurry...what are you waiting for?