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Strawberry napoleons with creme fraiche and almond tuiles

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6
Strawberry napoleons with creme fraiche and almond tuiles
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Toasted almond tuiles

1

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2

In a food processor, grind the almonds and one-third cup sugar until it is a coarse consistency, about 18 pulses.

3

In an electric mixer, cream the butter with one-third cup sugar for 1 minute, until well incorporated. Add salt, cream and ground almond mixture. Mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4

Add the egg whites and mix well. Add the flour and mix until incorporated.

5

Make a template by tracing a 3-inch round cookie cutter onto a thin piece of cardboard. Cut out the circle and trim the template to within 1 inch around the hole in the cardboard.

6

Place the template on a Silpat-lined half-sheet baking pan. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of batter into the template. Using an offset spatula, smooth the batter as evenly as possible in the template, trying not to leave any holes in the batter. Space the tuiles several inches apart.

7

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, rotating after 3 minutes, until the tuiles are dark golden brown around the edges and golden in the center. They will not brown evenly. Watch carefully during the final minute because they burn easily. Let cool completely on the Silpat, then gently lift the cookies off the baking sheet.

Fresh raspberry sauce

1

In a blender, puree the raspberries with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Taste for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed. The sauce should be tart, not overly sweet. Strain to remove the seeds. Store the puree in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Napoleons assembly

1

In a small bowl, toss the sliced strawberries with one-fourth teaspoon lemon zest and 2 teaspoons of sugar.

2

In another bowl, toss the halved strawberries and the raspberries with a generous pinch of lemon zest, lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of sugar.

3

Whip the creme fraiche with 2 teaspoons of sugar to soft peaks. If your creme fraiche is too thick or does not whip well, add one-fourth cup of heavy whipping cream and whip again.

4

Use a large spoon to draw a wide circle of raspberry sauce on each plate, using about 1 tablespoon of sauce per plate.

5

Place a drop of raspberry sauce in the center of each plate to anchor the dessert. Top with a tuile. Place a single layer of strawberry slices on the tuile (4 to 5 slices). Top with 1 tablespoon of creme fraiche and another tuile. Repeat the strawberry and creme fraiche layer. Top with a third tuile. Garnish with a small dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of toasted almonds.

6

Place one-fourth cup of the halved strawberries and the raspberries to the side of each napoleon.

The recipe for tuiles makes 42 cookies -- more than you will need for the napoleons. You can make the batter a day ahead, refrigerate and bring to room temperature before baking.

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