~ "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." ~ "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" ~ "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." ~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."~

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Berry Napoleon

Berry Puff Pastry Napoleon... This dessert is so easy to make. I should also add that is it also quite delicious:). The bright colored berries are so pretty,  and they make such a lovely presentation. It's a light and summery sort of dessert...

You can bake the puff pastry in advance and then assemble the napoleon right before serving. All you have to do is whip some heavy cream and the dessert comes together in no time. I chose to add some homemade lemon curd(recipe follows) to the whipped cream and in between the layers. It is optional if you don't care for lemon curd. But I think the lemony flavour, brings it to another level. I've done it without the lemon curd and it is still delicious. I had a lot of fun making these. Hope you enjoy...

Homemade Lemon Curd....really easy to make and have on hand for scones, pies tarts,cakes etc...I tried freezing the lemon curd and had outstanding results. So make some and freeze it in small containers and you will have lemon curd at your fingertips!
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter(no substitutes),melted
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 TBS grated lemon peel
pinch of salt
In the top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in butter, lemon juice, peel and salt. Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until mixture is thickened and reaches 160 degrees. Cover and store in the fridge for 1 week (or freeze).

For the Napoleons you will need: makes 2 Napoleons...you can easily adjust amounts to make more servings.
puff pastry ...I used 3 rectangles (2 1/2 x 5 inch)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla sugar+ 1 TBS powdered sugar to sweeten whipped cream
2-3 TBS lemon curd +extra(optional)
1 cup mixed berries, raspberries,blueberries,strawberries
powdered sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 425 deg F.
1. Cut puff pastry into rectangles...I think circles would be cute as well.
2. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with some raw sugar if you like(you don't have to do this). Prick with a fork all over.
3. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Keep an eye on it ...they can burn quite easily.
4. Take out and cool.
5. Split the puff pastry in two with a sharp knife being very careful as they can break on you...just be gentle.
6. In the meantime clean berries and cut strawberries into 4 wedges.
7. In a mixer, using a whisk, whip cream on high until nice and thick.
8. Add vanilla sugar and 1 TBS powdered sugar and whip a few more seconds until combined.
9. Fold in 2-3 TBS of lemon curd.

Assemble napoleons:
1. Place a small circle of lemon curd on bottom of plate...this keeps the napoleon from sliding around on you.
2. Place some fluffy lemon cream unto a piece of puff pastry.
3. Add some berries and add a dollop of lemon curd on top.
4. Repeat with a second layer.
5. Add top sheet of puff pastry and spread a few more berries on the bottom of the plate.
6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. This recipe will keep in the fridge for about 30 minutes( or so) before getting soggy.


Ninette said...

How lovely!

Mindy said...

You are amazing! I found your site after checking for other bloggers mentioning the Lord Jesus Christ as one of their interests. I have been following you, even though I am NOT a good cook, never look at cook book and avoid the kitchen. I think you are going to encourage me to actually get in the kitchen and make someonething one of these days
....maybe....until then, I'll keep reading!

Ellie said...

Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words! I am glad you are following along...I hope, through the pictures,that I can make the recipes not so intimidating. Enjoy your visit and thanks for stopping by!

Talida said...

It looks amazing! :)

Ellie said...

Thanks, Talida! Glad you like it:)