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Nectarine, white chocolate and Cream Cheese Napoleans

May 7, 2014

Nectarine, white chocolate and Cream Cheese Napoleans

Nectarines were the fruits which I loved to gorge myself on when I was growing up. Nectarines, oranges and apples. Mangos if they were available. But if my mum bought a box of nectarines, they would be finished (by me) by the time the day was over. She always said: “Fruit’s healthy – but not that much fruit”. The healthiness or lack of healthiness of fruit was of no interest to me at the time… in the words of Marge Simpson “Fruit is nature’s candy” and if I wasn’t allowed to gorge on chocolate I was going to get my sugar somewhere else.

It may sound blasphemous to all the chocolate lovers (myself included) but sometimes eating 5 nectarines just hits that juice spot better than any chocolate can. Anyway – enough nectarine perv talk. I have always really like Napoleans. The traditional ones with vanilla cream and beautiful chocolate icing decoration are the bomb. I thought why not make some slightly more rustic imitations ? With nectarines, brown sugar, cream cheese and white chocolate? So, I did.

 

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

Such a great idea for a light party dessert. If you want them to be juicier you can add a honey syrup to the pastry. I didn’t but it adds a nice stickiness (this option is included in the recipe).

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

I’m having one of those weeks at work where I feel a bit deflated. Where I dream of having my own cafe where I can spend the whole day baking (and eating). My friend Holly is going to roast the coffee and im going to make the cakes. Cool no? Dreams are the best relaxation. Just breathe and dream. Totally helps getting through the most hellish of days. I also dream of having an actual mixer rather than a wooden spoon. I know wooden spoons are cool and cottagey, but how dreamy would it be to have a kitchen aid??? SERIOUSLY DREAMY.

Every time I buy a new kitchen thing – like the waffle iron.. it just makes me want another one. I made my own pesto yesterday and then I made pesto and red onion waffles with parmesan and smoked salmon. Dreamy. Waffle irons – a girl’s best friend.

Anyway – here are my nectarine, white chocolate and cream cheese napoleans and the recipe for them! Enjoy x

Nectarine, white chocolate Napoleans recipe

Nectarine, white chocolate and Cream Cheese Napoleans

Ingredients

  1. 9 sheets of filo pastry
  2. 100g butter, melted
  3. 400g cream cheese
  4. 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  5. 5 tbsp white chocolate, grated
  6. 3 tbsp brown sugar
  7. 5 nectarines
  8. lime rind, grated (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and place greaseproof paper on a baking tray
  2. Carefully take a sheet of filo lay it out (and cover the others with a damp cloth to prevent drying), use a pastry brush to brush on the melted butter VERY sparingly. Place another sheet on top and repeat until all sheets are used.
  3. Cut into identical rectangular shapes and place on the baking tray.
  4. Bake in over until slightly golden and crunchy. Remove and leave to cool
  5. Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese, vanilla sugar and white chocolate together.
  6. Slice the nectarines so they are the same size slices.
  7. Once the rectangles of filo have cooled, place on a plate then spoon on the cream cheese mixture, some slices of nectarine and sprinkle on some brown sugar. Now place a layer of cream cheese mixture on top (to assure the top pastry stays put)
  8. Take another rectangle of pastry and place on top.
  9. Finally put a dollop of cream cheese on top of the napolean and some grated white chocolate and lime zest to garnish.
  10. Repeat this to make many napoleans.
  11. IF you want, you can sprinkle some icing sugar on top as a finishing touch.
http://sugarthumb.co.uk/2014/05/07/nectarine-cream-cheese-napoleans/

Syrup for filo (optional)

Ingredients

  1. 300g sugar
  2. 200ml water
  3. 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Place the sugar, honey and water in a pot at medium high heat
  2. When it starts boiling allow it to boil while stirring for 5 minutes
  3. Take it off the heat
  4. Allow to thicken
  5. Brush onto the filo rectangles (generously).
  6. Continue with the normal napolean making process.
http://sugarthumb.co.uk/2014/05/07/nectarine-cream-cheese-napoleans/

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8 Comments

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ May 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I also dream often of having a kitchen aid… first think I’d do with it is homemade hummus. Wooden spoon is still great for this sweet yet fresh recipe!

  • Reply Monet May 8, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Delicate, sweet, beautiful. I want to make these for my mom on Sunday. Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous recipe.

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} May 8, 2014 at 8:35 am

    These are gorgeous! So pretty 🙂 What a lovely idea
    The combination of white chocolate and nectarines sounds amazing.

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane May 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I’ve never tried a Napolean, but what a fabulous idea for a quick and easy and yet impressive dessert! Love the idea of combining the cream cheese with white chocolate. And I’m not a big fruit fan, but I do love nectarines. This is definitely my kind of dessert!

  • Reply Irina @ wandercrush May 10, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Oooh the colour of these is just making me want to get out a mixing palette and paint an ode to the nectarine. Such a lovely, light, and refined dessert. I’ve been so swamped recently that I haven’t been frequenting your space, but it’s delightful to be back 🙂 Hope you’ve been well!

  • Reply Lou @ Crumbs and Corkscrews May 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve just stumbled on your blog and these absolute beauties! They look divine and definitely hit the spot with this nectarine fanatic. You’re right, there are times only the sugar hit from nectarines will do (sorry chocolate) 🙂

    • Reply Trisha May 12, 2014 at 7:27 am

      thanks Lou 🙂 gonna check your blog out now x

  • Reply Lan | morestomach May 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    stop. you don’t have a kitchen aid? your confections are so beautiful and truly handmade!

    i adore napoleans, they remind me of my grandfather who had a soft spot for them and always shared with me. i used pastry dough but the use of phyllo dough looks interesting.

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