Pecan Dusted Puff Pastry Caramelized Pear Napoleons

Recipe courtesy Dave Lieberman
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 35 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

FOR THE PUFF PASTRY:
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 sheet store bought puff pastry, thawed (recommended: Pillsbury)
      FOR THE PEARS:
      • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
      • 1 1/2 pounds Bosc pears, cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 6 large or 8 small)
        FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
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        Directions

        Preheat 400 degrees F.
        Chop the pecans to the consistency of rough crumbs. Toss with the butter, sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet and cook in the oven 7 to 10 minutes, until darkened and lightly caramelized. Set aside to cool.

        Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface to 1/16-inch thickness. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 12 squares, approximately 3 by 3 inches. Lay out on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
        Whip the cream, granulated sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until it forms soft peaks.

        Place a puff pastry square in the center of a serving bowl or plate. Top with a few pears, whipped cream and pecan pieces. Repeat this process 2 more times ending with a sprinkle of nuts.
        Melt the butter with both the sugars in a skillet over medium heat. Add the pears. Cook until pears are just tender and juices thicken to a syrup consistency, about 6 to 8 minutes.

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