Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 40 mins
Bake: 425°F 15 mins
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
- 1 teaspoon kirsch
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 8 thawed frozen puff pastry shells (from two 10-oz. pkgs.)
- 1 egg white, beaten
- 2 tablespoons raw, or turbinado sugar
- 1 12 ounce package fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
- 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate with 1/2 cup cream, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into a large metal bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup cream, the kirsch and vanilla. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the puff pastry shells on a parchment-lined baking sheet; brush with the egg white and sprinkle generously with the raw sugar. Bake until puffed and golden, about 15 minutes; let cool for 5 minutes. Using a small, sharp knife or a fork, pry off the lids from the top of the warm pastry shells. Scoop out and discard any soft dough from the inside. (Can be made up to 3 hours ahead. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature until ready to fill and to serve.)
- In a medium skillet, combine the cranberries, brown sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the berries burst and the mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then transfer to a small serving bowl or pitcher.
- Meanwhile, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the cold chocolate mixture on medium-high speed until thick and billowy, about 1 minute. Spoon the chocolate cream into the pastry shells; place the lids on top. Serve with the cranberry compote.
- Puff pastry makes dessert extra-special. Use frozen shells and all you have to do is stick 'em in the oven.