Last weekend my family and a bunch of good friends trekked out to Mountsberg for their annual Maple Syrup Days. I went last year and it is always a good time - pancakes, maple candy and wagon rides. I left with a bottle of local maple syrup already having something in mind for it.
Almond Ricotta Napoleons are a quick impressive little dessert. Using frozen puff pastry you make the shells which are simply brushed with maple syrup and almonds. While they're baking, you prepare a ricotta/whipped cream filling. There is very little sugar in the filling and I wanted it sweeter so I added some maple syrup. Yum! The ricotta folded in nicely with the whipped cream though the final result was not 100% smooth. This didn't detract from the overall dessert though, if you want a really light filling, you can always just use the whipped cream and omit the ricotta.
Overall I liked this dessert since there was a great contrast of textures. It was different from anything I've ever made and can be reinvented by adding some fruit, changing the filling or making a different topping. One thing I learned was not to put overly generous amounts of topping on the puff pastry. It made the pastry heavy so the Napoleons didn't rise. This made slicing tricky but not impossible. Napoleons make a good plated dessert so impress someone today. :)
Recipe: Almond Ricotta Napoleons