Riesling Apple Brown Butter Ricotta Napoleons

Looking for the perfect dessert to serve during the cold winter months? These Napoleons couldn’t be easier – make the puff pastry and whipped ricotta a day or two beforehand and just spoon on the McEwan’s Own Riesling Apples straight out of the jar right before it’s time to serve.

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed and rolled out thinly to about 10″ x 15″

2 tablespoons brown butter

475g container smooth ricotta

2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 jar McEwan’s Riesling Apples

powdered sugar, as needed

Riesling Apple Napoleons

Thaw according to the directions on the package and roll out your puff pastry on a floured surface. Cut it into squares or rectangles, depending on how big you want your Napoleons to be.

Lay the rectangles on the larger baking sheet, lined with parchment. Prick the pastry all over with a fork and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

Remove from fridge, cover with another sheet of parchment and place the second smaller baking sheet on top to weigh the pastry down and prevent it from puffing up. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and transfer the pieces to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan until it foams and starts to turn golden brown. Remove from heat and scrape the melted browned butter into a bowl and cool to room temperature.

Add the ricotta, honey and ¼ cup of powdered sugar. Mix well.

Lay one piece of puff pastry down on a small serving plate. Add a couple of tablespoons of ricotta cream and then cover that with a couple of tablespoons of the McEwan’s Riesling Apples. You can serve them just like this with a dusting of powdered sugar and let people pick it up and eat it out of hand.

For a more elegant dessert, add a second piece of puff pastry and sprinkle with powdered sugar. For a real showstopper, add another layer of ricotta and apples and top with a third piece of puff pastry. For the whole shebang, add a second layer of ricotta and apples and top the whole thing with a third piece of puff pastry. Using a fine strainer, sieve some powdered sugar over the top and serve.

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Cranberry, Brie and Prosciutto Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

A delicious, yet impressive and simple holiday appetizer that anyone would be proud to offer up at their next party or get together

1 French baguette
1 package quality Prosciutto
1 medium round of Brie cheese
1 jar McEwan’s Own Cranberry Sauce
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
1 bottle McEwan’s Own Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar


To make balsamic glaze:
Place one cup of McEwan’s Own Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar along with brown sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat.

Simmer, stirring frequently, until vinegar is thickened or the back of a spoon is nicely coated. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

To assemble crostini:
Cut baguette into one-third inch slices, on a bias. Lightly coat with olive oil and bake for eight minutes until lightly toasted.

Slice Brie cheese into thin strips and place on bread. Top with prosciutto and a generous teaspoon of McEwan’s Cranberry Sauce.

Sprinkle chopped walnuts, if using, and drizzle cooled balsamic glaze over assembled crostini. Embellish with mint leaves or arugula. Serve immediately.

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