Chanukah?!? Motown?!? Puff Pastry?!? Dissimilar objects?!? Not at all! We’re invited to our friend Jessica’s annual Motown Chanukah Party! Sound a bit strange?!? Well, it’s not, really… From Jessica… “In 1989, Danny was impressed with the Religions of the World study in his Montessori School. Especially the part about Chanukah, so he asked his mom if they knew any Jewish people. Dan knew me because his mother’s sister was one of my best friends. And I said “Sure, I’ll do Chanukah”. But it was a busy year, so instead of proper menorah candles, we had vanilla votives, and instead of gold gelt, we had m&m’s. And you know where this is going – I couldn’t find any Chanukah music, so we played Motown. The next year a few more people came, and it all sort of grew. Dan’s in college now. His aunt moved to Chicago. But the party continues! As in all things, it’s a matter of making do with what you have!

And that’s where Puff Pastry comes in…

Naturally, we want to bring something, so I asked “Hors d’oeuvres or Dessert?” Jessica said dessert. Actually, she said “Mostly, I want you to bring Victor, yourself, and two hearty appetites! But if you would bring something dessert that would be great.

So what desserty thing to bring?!? Time to experiment! I’ve been on a puff pastry kick for a while now, so I thought I’d try something with it…

I took one package of Dufour Puff Pastry and rolled it out to about 15″ x 12″ or so. Spread it with melted milk chocolate, sprinkled chopped walnuts all over, and lightly rolled into a log.

Then I cut it into 15 slices and placed each slice into paper panettone cups I bought from Beryl’s after reading a Bon Appetit article a couple of years ago… (I love ’em!!)

Baked at 375 for about 30 minutes and YUM!!!

Motown Chanukah, here we come!