Pecan Dusted Puff Pastry Caramelized Pear Napoleons

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 cup pecans

For the puff pastry:

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 sheet store bought puff pastry, thawed (recommended: Pillsbury)

For the pears:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

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:

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat 400 degrees F.

For the puff pastry:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.

For the pears:

  1. 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.

For the whipped cream:

  1. Whip the cream, granulated sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until it forms soft peaks. 
  2. 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.