BLACK FOREST CHERRY ROYALE NAPOLEON

  • Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

1package Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets
2tablespoons Cold Water
1-1/4teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin
2-1/4cup Whiping Cream
1can Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk (substitute plain sweetened milk to which you added special dark chocolate cocoa powder to taste)
12ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
5cups Fresh Michigan Cherries, washed and pitted
1/2cup Water
2tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2/3cup Granulated Sugar
4tablespoons Cornstarch
1/2teaspoon Almond Extract
3/4cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1teaspoon Butter
16pieces Fresh Cherries

Instructions

  1. Thaw pastry sheets at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface and then cut each sheet into 3 strips along the folds, and then cut each strip into 4 rectangles. Place strips 2-inches apart on baking sheets, and bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Place the cold water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup and sprinkle the gelatin on top.  Let stand for 2 minutes.  Microwave for 2 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved.  Cool
  5. Pour the cold whipping cream into a large mixing bowl.  Beat on medium speed while gradually adding the dissolved gelatin.  Continue beating until soft peaks form.  Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add the chocolate sweetened condensed milk and beat until thoroughly combined.  Carefully fold in the whipped cream until fully incorporated. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  7. Ina large saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherries, water, lemon juice sugar and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and cook while stirring frequently, about 10 minutes until thick.  Stir in the almond extract and set in refrigerator to cool.
  8. Split cooked pastry sheets into 2 layers, making 48 pieces in all.  Set aside 16 top layers.  Spread 16 layers with 2 tablespoons of the whipped cream mixture.  Top with a spoonful of the cherry filling, then top with another pastry layer.  Repeat once, and place a top layer sheet on top.  
  9. Melt chocolate chips and  butter in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.  Dip 16 cherries into the melted chocolate and let dry.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over assembled Napoleons and  top with a chocolate dipped cherry in the middle.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerated for up to four hours.  
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