Italian Pastries

AMAZING RICOTTA ALMOND NAPOLEON

Dessert made in a jiff.

Light layers of puff pastry are filled with a luscious dollop of almond flavoured Ricotta and sweetened with a hint of maple syrup.


Makes 18 napoleons

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 pkg (15.87 oz)  frozen puff pastry, thawed flour for dusting
  • 17 oz of  Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp  icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp Amaretto Liqueur or 1/2 tsp  pure almond extract

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

On a clean work surface roll puff pastry dough into 2 – 10”x10” squares, using flour as needed to prevent pastry from sticking.

Using a sharp knife cut pastry horizontally into 3 strips and vertically into 3 strips making 9 squares, 18 squares total.In a small bowl stir together sliced almonds and maple syrup; set aside.

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or alternatively spray sheets with non-stick cooking spray.

Place pastry squares on sheets.Using a teaspoon put equal amounts of almond/maple syrup mixture on squares, spreading to edges.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes.

Remove from oven and carefully place on rack to cool.

Meanwhile in a large bowl beat whipping cream with sugar and Amaretto or almond extract until thick.

Add ricotta and beat until combined.

Using a serrated knife cut around edges of pastries and lift to open making two squares.

Fill bottom halves with equal amounts of ricotta filling and top with remaining halves.

 

 

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