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February 12, 2013

FOOD: Heart-Shaped Napoleon with Raspberries

Hi everyone! Alison from Heart of Gold & Luxury blog! I'm here with my first post for MadeByGirl!  I am excited to share with you an impossibly romantic dessert to enjoy with your sweetie this Valentine’s day.  The Napoleon is a classic dessert that combines layers of flaky puff pastry, luxuriously rich pastry cream scented with almond and vanilla, topped with plump ruby red raspberries and finished with a dusting of confectioners sugar.

This dessert might look intimidating but it is incredibly easy - you just have to use your creative eye to assemble this confection. This is one recipe that will impress your other half, not to mention your friends and family. In fact, you just might have them wishing that this day filled with roses and chocolates would come around more than once a year.




Ingredients:

16 ounces puff pastry, dethawed
2 cups whole milk
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, diced
½ pint fresh raspberries or strawberries

Equipment: Heart-shaped cookie cutter (optional)





 
For the Pastry Cream:
Combine 2 cups milk, ¼ cup sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract and pinch of salt in a small pan. With stovetop on medium heat, allow for mixture to come to a simmer. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine 4 egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup cornstarch. Slowly whisk in the warm milk mixture to combine.  Pour mixture back into pan and return to medium heat, stirring constantly.  Pastry cream will begin to thicken rapidly.  Once mixture is thickened remove from heat, add butter and stir until combined.  Pour into a heat-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Be sure to coat the top of the pastry cream with the wrap, otherwise you will have a film that forms on the top.  Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.



  For Napoleon Assembly:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Unroll puff pastry and place on lined baking sheet.  Pierce holes with a fork all over the dough.  Place a heavier baking sheet on top (a Pyrex pan is perfect) and allow to cook for approximately 25 minutes. Pastry is done with it is golden brown.  Allow to cool completely.  Once cooled, cut out pastry into hearts if desired.  Place pastry cream into a sealed plastic ziplock bag.  Cut the tip off and fill one side of the pastry with cream, top with raspberries and then place another piece of pastry on top. Finish with a dusting of confectioners sugar. 




*Makes about 3 to 4 servings depending on size of cookie-cutter


*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


22 comments:

Val said...

How festive and perfectly yummy!

Donna Khoo said...

They look gorgeous and sweet
Donna

Devon said...

this is a crazy beautiful post, and it looks so delicious! yummmmmmmmm!

http://123456devon.blogspot.com

Lauren Gordon-Thomson said...

Oh my goodness this looks so delicious.

Lauren x
Gordon + Gold

pnr said...

This is delicious

Ivana said...

Oh my, this is the most perfect, adorable and stylish heart shaped dessert I've seen so far! It looks simply perfect! I'm going to give it a try, even if it will be just for myself :)

xx Ivana

Macarons and Pearls

http://www.preciouslyme.com/ said...

Those Napoleon look really delicious as all your sweet recipes!!!
Congratulations for your first post on Made by Girl Alison!
Can't wait to see more ;)

Rachel {little bits of lovely} said...

Oh this looks divine! I love the pretty shaped hearts, so lovely! xx

adrisworld said...

My fiance loves raspberries! I think this is a great dessert to try. Yum!

www.adrisworld.com

rose said...

This looks so pretty and so good. Will definitely be making this for Valentine's!

Katrina Reed said...

OMG, those look so good. I really shouldn't have looked at this at 9 AM because now I'm craving sugar!

xxoo, k

http://parkerandwest.blogspot.com/

Monica said...

Napoleon's are one of my favorite desserts to pick up from bakeries. They're so delicious, and perfect for Valentine's Day!

M.

Monika said...

looks delicious and so frenchy :) beautiful post!

Alison Dulaney said...

Thank you so much for having me :)

Xo
Alison

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

These are so beautiful and look divine! I love Alison and her wonderful presentation and recipes. I have made a couple already!

miss b said...

Not only do these sound delicious, they look so pretty. Will definitely give these a try as they seem quite staightforward! Beautiful photos too.
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

from prosecco to plaid said...

These are beautiful and look so delicious!! xo, Julie
www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

Amy Shaughnessy said...

These look SO good! I am going to bookmark this recipe. I'm always looking for new ones.

Amy
Fashion and Beauty Finds

Sharon said...

Excellent! I need to pin these!

Kristen said...

You seriously nail it every time! Such pretty presentation and I'm sure they taste just as good :)

Ashley Aspinwall said...

Alison always has the best food posts and takes some of the best pictures in the blogging world! Love this post - definitely want to see more of her on this site!!

xo SideSmile,
Ashley
SideSmile Style

pikchermania said...

Yummmmy :D
Now That's Really Nice...I Wish My G.f Would have made that for me on valentines day....I Wish Next year she do make ;)

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