Thursday, July 7, 2011

Berry Best Won Ton Napoleons


Looking for a light summer dessert?

And a way to use up some of your backyard stone fruit?

Want a dessert that's fast and easy?

Give these Berry Best Won Ton Napoleons a try!



I have a Babcock peach tree in my backyard that's full of fruit--it's a great way to use them!





Here's what you'll need:

peaches and berries, or other assortment of fruit
sugar or powdered sugar
won ton wrappers 
oil for frying
whipping cream



Wash the berries and put them in a bowl large enough for mixing.



I didn't have any powdered sugar, which I usually use, so I ground some granulated sugar in my small blender.



I came out pretty fine, not as fine as powdered sugar, but in the end--I liked it.

It gave the berries and peaches just a bit of texture.

Nice!



Add a little to the berries and stir.



With my backyard peaches, they're Babcock's, so that means delicate white flesh.

They don't have any pesticides on them, so best cut them in half to be sure there isn't a worm.

Since they're tree ripened--that means that they're picked when the peach falls off the branch with just the slightest tug--they also bruise easily.



Tree-ripened also means the skin comes right off.

Yes, they're that ripe and super juicy!



No hot water bath for these babies!



If you add just a bit of sugar, they'll make the yummiest juice/syrup to pour over the dessert.

If you like liqueurs, you can marinate the fruit in a little Grand Marnier or Frangelico.

It's especially good with peaches or strawberries.

If you use a liqueur, let that set for at least a half hour.  



Be sure to add just a small squeeze of lemon to the white peaches so they don't turn brown.



Any kind of won ton wrappers will do, I got these at my local grocery store.



Fry them until brown in a little bit of hot oil.



They should look about like this.



If you noticed in the ingredients collection above, you may have noticed I got heavy whipping cream out.

Mistake.

Use regular whipping cream--the heavy one is too heavy!



Whip it with the mixer.

Be careful, it spits and splatters a bit.



Add some powdered sugar to taste.

You can also add a touch of vanilla, that's good too.



Gather all your ingredients to assemble.



Put a dab of whipped cream on the plate.

It anchors the won ton.

You could also use the whipped cream in a can.



Put the won ton on top of the whipped cream.



Then a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of the won ton and a generous scoop of the peaches on top of that.



Then another won ton, whipped cream, and then a generous scoop of the berries.


Want to see that again?




Small scoop of whipped cream.



Won ton, then another scoop of whipped cream.



Then some peaches.



And some strawberries if you have them.



The next won ton will sit a bit better if you put a dab of whipped cream on top of the fruit.

Then another dollop of whipped cream.



And the berries.



Garnish with a small sprig of mint.


Itadakimasu!



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I have been working a lot these past few months on slideshows.

Two for a niece and nephew graduating from high school.

One for a friend celebrating her 30th birthday.

And one for a nephew and his fiance to show at their wedding reception.


*Whew*


I wish I could share them here, but they're blocked because of the songs' copyrights.


I love photos.

And I love music.

The two go together so well--putting the photos to music can really set the time and place as well as convey emotion.


Earlier this year, I went to a luncheon where June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell of Hiroshima played the koto and the keyboards, respectively.

One of the songs they played was Heritage.

When they played it, it instantly brought tears to my eyes.

The song evokes such melancholy for me because I used it for a slideshow shown at a funeral for someone close to me--the song has a reverent quality to it that I find very touching.


Out of all the songs they could have chosen to play, they played Heritage.

I felt like they played it for me.


I had the opportunity to speak with June about what the song means to me.

She said Kimo is the author of the song.


What a beautiful creation.


You can hear it on iTunes, or if someone will send me a link, I will post it.



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Ingredients:

An assortment of fruit--blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and peaches 
sugar or powdered sugar
won ton wrappers 
oil for frying
whipping cream

sprig of mint for garnish

Wash the berries and put them in a bowl big enough for mixing. Add powdered sugar to taste and mix.

Slice peaches and/or strawberries into bite-sized pieces, add sugar as desired and mix. If you're using white peaches, add a squeeze of lemon so they don't turn brown.

Fry won ton skins in about a 1/2 inch of oil, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Whip whipping cream until peaks form, adding sugar and/or vanilla to taste. Add a little at a time so it doesn't get too sweet.

Layer a small dab of whipped cream, fried won ton, whipped cream, fruit and repeat. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Assemble just before serving so the won tons don't get soggy.


3 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I love using wonton wrappers for all sorts of things and this looks like such a yummy use for them :D

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  2. Babocks -- a huge favorite of Aaron's! You're lucky we don't live close by or you may find a "monkey" in your tree!

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  3. I have a Babcock peach tree in my backyard that's full of fruit--it's a great way to use them!best smoothie blender

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