My “Healthy” Deep Fried Mars bars!

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So, you may or may not know that I participated in a challenge this past October.
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!).
Anywhoo…
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…

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Okay…
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!
Please.
Tell me.
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!

Ingredients:
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)

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1.  Take out your puff pastry and leave on the counter to defrost (this brand is my favourite because it comes in 2 sleeves so you don’t have to defrost the whole package).  If you are short on time, you can warm it in your hands (while still in the plastic) in order to make it pliable.
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.

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They should look like this when you’re done.

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In case you haven’t seen it before, this is what sanding sugar looks like.  You can get it at the Bulk Barn and it comes in many colours (usually used for decorating sugar cookies and cakes)

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3. Brush each of the “pillows” with  the egg wash and sprinkle with a generous amount of sugar.
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!

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4.  Line up the pillows nicely on your tray (they don’t spread much so space isn’t that important)

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5.  Bake at 350 until golden (about 10 minutes)…they should look like this.

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6.  Now, hurry up and eat them warm.  When you cut them, all the calories and heart clogging “bad stuff” will slip right out and then you can consider them a health food.

But only if you eat them fast.

Hurry…what are you waiting for?

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