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.
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).
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
- 9 sheets of filo pastry
- 100g butter, melted
- 400g cream cheese
- 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 5 tbsp white chocolate, grated
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 5 nectarines
- lime rind, grated (garnish)
- Preheat the oven to 150°C and place greaseproof paper on a baking tray
- 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.
- Cut into identical rectangular shapes and place on the baking tray.
- Bake in over until slightly golden and crunchy. Remove and leave to cool
- Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese, vanilla sugar and white chocolate together.
- Slice the nectarines so they are the same size slices.
- 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)
- Take another rectangle of pastry and place on top.
- Finally put a dollop of cream cheese on top of the napolean and some grated white chocolate and lime zest to garnish.
- Repeat this to make many napoleans.
- IF you want, you can sprinkle some icing sugar on top as a finishing touch.
- 300g sugar
- 200ml water
- 2 tbsp honey
- Place the sugar, honey and water in a pot at medium high heat
- When it starts boiling allow it to boil while stirring for 5 minutes
- Take it off the heat
- Allow to thicken
- Brush onto the filo rectangles (generously).
- Continue with the normal napolean making process.