I have had enough of this snow already, it went away and then decided to come back. I really should not be living in the midwest since I hate the snow and cold weather so much. But I have this fear of the unknown in a lot of areas of my life but I don't know if I could do a Christmas in a warm climate it would just be odd to me. I mean no snow or cold weather at all and yet its still Christmas and you are supposed to eat winter time food when its warm out just seems strange to me. So instead of packing up my whole life and convincing P to leave the midwest, I thought I would just make something that would make me think of spring to keep the winter doldrums away. So since I'm a card carrying member of the presentation is everything club, I thought a little lime curd, fresh raspberries and puff pastry would do the trick. Nice and light, refreshing and doesn't remind me of the foot of snow outside at all. Luckily we are leaving to go on vacation in 2 weeks, and hopefully Atlanta will be warmer. Because I don't know how much more I can take of this damn cold weather. What do you do when you need to escape the cold?
This dessert is all about presentation and assembly.
Lime Raspberry Napoleans
105g of lime Juice
1 tablespoon of lime zest from the citrus
72g of sugar
164g of eggs
72g of sugar
206g of butter, cold unsalted, cubed
In a medium saucepan, combine juice with zest and the first amount of sugar. Bring to a simmer. Combine eggs with the second amount of sugar. Temper the eggs with about half of the hot juice mixture and then return the mixture to the pan and continue to cook on a low heat until 165 degrees or until it start to get firm but not when its actually firm. Remove it from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Add butter when the mixture has cooled slightly and once most of the butter has been incorporated blend with an immersion blender until smooth but make sure you keep the blender submerged so that you don’t aerate the mixture. Then place in a plastic storage container with plastic wrap pressed against the top of the curd so it does not form a skin. Chill for atleast 2 hours and it will keep in the frigde for a week.
1 1/2 cups of fresh raspberries
2 sheets of puff pastry, cut into rectangles and baked according to the package or your recipes directions.
To Assemble -
Break apart your puff pastry into a bottom and a top. Spread a generous layer of lime curd, top with raspberries and place the puff pastry on top.