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Waffle Napoleons with Raspberry Cream

Waffle Napoleons with Raspberry Cream
A classic French dessert, napoleons are traditionally made by layering crisp puff pastry with rich pastry cream, topped with a thin icing or dusting of confectioners' sugar. Our contemporary version layers heart-shaped waffles with a raspberry cream filling. It's the perfect dish for a special brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints raspberries
  • 2⁄3 cup sugar, plus more as needed
  • 2⁄3 cup heavy cream
  • 2⁄3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 18 heart-shaped buttermilk waffles (see related
      recipe at right)
  • Confectioners' sugar for garnish
  • Raspberries and blueberries for garnish

Directions:

In a food processor, combine the raspberries and the 2⁄3 cup sugar, and pulse until the berries have broken down and the mixture is liquefied. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl, pressing with a spatula. Taste and add more sugar, if needed. Transfer 2⁄3 cup of the puree to a small bowl; reserve the remaining puree for garnish.

Add the cream and yogurt to the 2⁄3 cup puree and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a chilled thermo whipper canister and assemble according to the manufacturer's instructions for cold applications. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

For each napoleon, place 1 heart-shaped waffle on a plate. Shake the thermo whipper canister back and forth 4 to 6 times, then dispense a small amount of the raspberry cream into a bowl to test the consistency. If the cream doesn't hold its shape, shake the canister again. Dispense about 2 Tbs. raspberry cream onto the waffle. Repeat the layering, then top the second layer with another waffle. Garnish the napoleons with confectioners' sugar, the reserved raspberry puree, raspberries and blueberries. Serves 6.

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