with Chocolate Raspberry Ganache
A beautiful, layered, French dessert - perfect for an afternoon dessert or tea.
1 pkg. Puff Pastry
2 cups pastry cream (store-bought or homemade)
5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 cups milk
¼ cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp. butter
½ Tbsp. vanilla
½ cup heavy cream
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. sugar
½ cup seedless raspberry preserves (or raspberry preserves pushed through a strainer to remove seeds)
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Unroll refrigerated Puff Pastry and cut into three even pieces. Place dough on a baking sheet with parchment paper and then poke all over with a fork. Cover with an additional piece of parchment paper and then place a baking sheet on top of parchment (pressing down lightly on top) and place in oven.
Cook for 15 minutes, then remove top baking sheet and top parchment and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.
Make from scratch, or prepare to get pastry cream for filling the Napoleons.
When cool, cut each pastry section into four equal pieces. Top one piece of puff pastry with the pastry cream, cover the second section with more pastry cream and stack on top. Repeat with all pieces, but keep 4 top layers for later.
To make the chocolate raspberry ganache: in a medium saucepan, heat heavy cream and butter over medium heat (until almost boiling). Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, sugar, and raspberry preserves, whisking until smooth. Allow to cool slightly. then spread it over the third top pastry layer of the Napoleon, and place it on top of the pastries. Garnish with raspberries or mint leaves.