Who doesn’t love Nutella? Nutella is a chocolatey hazelnut spread that’s popular all over the world. As long as you love Nutella and want to find yet another option for using it in your cooking, I think you’ll love my Nutella Napoleons.
Earlier in the day, I’d thawed some Pepperidge Farm puff pastry to use in a dinner entree. Having three baked slices of puff pastry leftover from dinner, I was thinking about what I could make with it for dessert. The usual strawberries and whipped cream napoleon was a great thought, except that I didn’t have any fresh berries.
A jar of Nutella was sitting on the counter. What about Nutella as a “filling” in between the puff pastry layers? And what about some toasted sliced almonds? And a dusting of powdered sugar. And a few little mini-chocolate chips for garnish? And that’s exactly what happened!
Hope you enjoy this simple dessert. There are a lot of short “steps” but they’re pretty easy.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
1 Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed (read directions on package, so you only thaw enough to use for the dessert — it can get too soft and then will stick together)
1 jar Nutella hazelnut chocolate spread
1/2 c toasted slivered almonds
Powdered sugar and mini-chocolate chips to garnish
1. Thaw the puff pastry sheet according to the manufacturer’s directions. Ensure that the pastry is not sticky or overly thawed or it will be hard to work with.
2. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the pastry or roll it out to a 10″ x 18 sheet. Use a small amount of additional flour so your fingers or a rolling pin won’t stick to the pastry dough.
3. Cut the puff pastry sheet into twelve 3 x 5 rectangular slices.
4. Bake the puff pastry until golden brown according to the manufacturer’s directions. Set aside to cool. When the pastry has cooled, get ready to assemble the napoleons.
5. For each napoleon, place a slice of baked puff pastry on a serving plate.
6. With a butter knife, smear some Nutella on the golden brown top of the slice of puff pastry.
7. Top with another piece of baked puff pastry. Smear Nutella on the golden brown top of the second piece of puff pastry.
8. Add a top piece of baked puff pastry.
11. Top the napoleon with some toasted sliced almonds.
12. Using a fine mesh strainer, finely dust some powdered sugar on top of the napoleon.
13. Sprinkle a few mini-chocolate chips around and on top of the napoleon.
14. Repeat for the rest of the napoleons.
Serves 4 as a dessert course.
Variations: Use regular-sized chocolate chips for garnish. Add some sliced strawberries or whole raspberries on top of the Nutella filling inside the napoleon and garnish with whole berries.
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