Thin & Crisp Raspberry Napoleon with Lemon Cream

Susan over at Food Blogga’ is hosting this month’s edition of Sugar High Friday and the theme is… [drum roll please].. Berries!! How exciting! This is my first time participating so i’m going to try NOT to mess it up. Could someone please finish to roll-out and vacuum the red carpet for the triple punch of raspberry goodness i’m about to submit?… I can still see some crumbs on there… Someone?.. err.. Anyone?.. Huh!?
oops. err.. Sorry guys! Didn’t see you on there. Hmm… maybe the red carpet isn’t such a good idea after all. Arrghh. Damned, i wanted this to be perfect!.. err.. A black or white carpet next time?? Would that be okay?


This tower of love packs a triple punch of raspberry goodness my friends, and it starts with a very thin and crisp raspberry tuile on which you arrange beautiful fresh raspberries (that’s a one-two punch), you then spoon some zesty lemon mousseline in between layers and repeat the operation to make a napoleon. Finish it off with a drizzle of a brilliantly red raspberry coulis (third punch), some powdered sugar, et voila! You will love these tuiles on their own, imagine eating a crunchy raspberry, that’s what they’re like. This dessert is a play on different textures and a great way to experience these babies at the peak of their glory. In other words, it’s berry, berry, berry good! hahahahahahahaahaha… Hmm!?.. err.. Nevermind.

 

Anyway, ready?… TAADAAAA’

 


You can have all the elements for this dessert ready and just assemble it at the last minute. I included a photo tutorial below because this is oh-so extremely difficult to put together [cough-cough]. Perfect for showing off in front of your friends too. Doesn’t it look like something you would get at a fancy restaurant?

Here you have it Susan, it’s all yours. My submission to Sugar High Friday.

Thin & Crisp Raspberry Napoleon with Lemon Cream

~inspired by a dessert served at Daniel, New York~
(makes 6 servings)

For the tuiles:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the lemon cream:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

To finish:

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

 

For the tuiles:

  1. Puree the raspberries in a blender until smooth. Strain. Discard the seeds. Reserve 3 tablespoons of raspberry puree.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the soft butter and confectioner’s sugar together. Add the raspberry puree and mix. Add the flour and mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 300′F. Make a plastic template out of a yogurt top for example and cut out an interior circle that’s two and a half inches in diameter.
  4. Set out a non-stick baking sheet. Position the template on the baking sheet and spoon 3/4 teaspoon of batter in the center. Spread out the batter evenly across the template with an offset spatula. Repeat the operation. You should have thin and perfectly rounds of batter on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake the tuiles for 8 to 10 minutes until they are very lightly browned. Remove the tuiles from the sheet as soon as it’s ready. Leave to cool on a flat surface.

For the lemon cream:

  1. Pour the milk and lemon juice into a medium saucepan (don’t worry if it looks curdled), stir in 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and bring to a boil. While the milk is coming to a boil, whisk the yolks and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar together, then whisk in the flour and cornstarch.
  2. Very gradually add half the hot lemon milk to the egg mixture while whisking. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook until the pastry cream thickens and starts to boil. Keep whisking. Remove from the heat. Cover with plastic film. Cool. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Fold whipped cream into lemon cream when ready to assemble dessert.

For the sauce and assembly:

  1. Blend the raspberries and sugar together. Strain into a bowl.
  2. Follow photo tutorial above to assemble dessert. Enjoy!

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  • la

    forget daniel, how do i make a reservation at chefs gone wild?

    http://lastomach.wordpress.com/

  • Adam

    You’ve been TAGGED, dude. I apologize in advance. I think your responses will be hilarious. Do it like a band-aid… one quick motion.

  • Kate / Kajal

    gosh you must be a killer with the ladies .. u can talk , you can cook, you can impress ! what more does one need ???

  • canarygirl

    Dear God,

    Please transport one of these slices of Heaven to my table.

    Thank you.
    Love, canarygirl

  • Elle

    mmmmm…..that’s all I can say, because I’m too busy imagining that I’m enjoying one of these right now.

  • Dhanggit

    oh lala..only real chefs can do this zen..i love it!!

  • Cynthia

    We need to get you on TV!

  • Tartelette

    You know what I am doing right now Jumping for joy…that’s right!

  • Alexa

    Wow, I am impressed. It looks amazing and must taste out of this world… So light and perfect!

  • Tenina

    OMGOSH!These sound fantastic…consider me subscribed…my sweet tooth would have it no other way!

  • miri

    Wow, these napoleon cakes are seriously beautiful! I also made napoleons out of tuiles once, and it’s simply delicious.

  • Mango Power Girl

    holy smokes! where did you find those berries…i thought only northwest has best berries…i am jealous because as a former new yorker i never found raspberries this good back there.

  • FoodieTots

    Saw this on the Sugar High post – looks divine! I made a similar tuile/cream/berry napoleon years ago for some relatives and they’re still talking about it. One of these days I’ll have to do it again. I love the raspberry in the tuile here, yum!

  • Jess

    im gonna ask something which may end up sounding stupid, but whatz the difference betwenn confectionary sugar and those regular ones?

  • chou

    Oh, these look lovely. It’s like spring on the screen.

  • Caitlin

    This looks delicious! I love raspberry and lemon together.

  • Cakeness

    I love beautifully presented food and dessert. Your photo is just the inspiration I need to try this.