Monday, May 17, 2010

UnRecipe: Napoleon Complex, with Strawberries

Sometimes you just have to have dessert first. So says the person who's trying to get back into a better fitness regiment with morning jogs and at-home yoga sessions -- boo. But in happier days when I was indulging my sweet tooth a bit more, I threw together a quickie dessert that was easy to make and traveled well, as I brought this to a friend's house for an after-dinner treat, and it was super-easy to put together and serve. Let there be no Waterloo to sink this Mini Napoleon with Balsamic Strawberries and Whipped Cream. Vive la Dessert!

Strawberry Napoleon, a dessert with a shorty complex - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Springtime strawberries are perfect for this, but you can really use any fruit filling of your choice. I took a few cupfuls of chopped fresh strawberries and macerated them with a sprinkling of sugar and a balsamic vinegar that had been flavored with dried figs and vanilla, but even if you have no fancy-schmancy balsamic, just throw in a dash of vanilla extract for a lil' hint of somethin'-somethin' extra. The fruit, sugar and vinegar mix can hang out for a day before serving, and the balsamic gets nice and sweet, so it acts as a nice glaze to drizzle over the constructed dessert.

The part of this recipe I was pleased at was the use of premade wonton skins. I know I've said before I won't buy them premade, as making the dough from scratch yields a much better texture and ability to overstuff one's dumplings (no naughtiness implied, but feel free to giggle), but I had a package sitting in the freezer looking for its Special Purpose in life. Defrosting the little rounds, I laid them out on a baking sheet, brushed with some butter and sprinkled with a mix of cinnamon and sugar, and into a three hundred and fifty degree oven they went. It only took a few minutes for them to get to a crispy chip goodness, and once cooled, they were placed in an airtight container for storage. I have to say, probably only half of these little cinnamon sugar wafers made it into the dessert, as I was munching on them like crazy, so be forewarned over their addictive snackitude.

Wonton skin redux! - Photos by Wasabi Prime

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  1. Mmmmmmm! Don't call it "short" cake!

  2. Viva la dessert is right! What is it about the word 'macerate' that tickles my fancy. Love the dessert love, Cheers!

  3. Lookin good, lookin good! Never figured balsamic vinegar for a sweet ingredient. Good stuff!

  4. Won ton skins, that is cool! Looks good and so easy.

  5. What a fantastic take on strawberry shortcake! Sounds like the perfect mix of textures


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