Raspberry & Nectarine Napoleons

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2/3 cup peach preserves
  • 1/2 lb ripe nectarines, halved and pitted
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Roll out dough on a lightly floured board into an 18" x 12" rectangle. Transfer to a large baking sheet, prick with a fork and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat barbecue and brush grids generously with vegetable oil. Reduce heat to MEDIUM, place nectarines cut side down and grill 2-3 minutes, then turn and grill another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cool slightly, then slice into thin wedges.
  3. Place the baking sheet with the chilled puff pastry on the barbecue and cook for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut lengthwise into thirds.
  4. Whip the cream in a chilled bowl until it starts to stiffen. Add sugar and vanilla, and beat until it holds stiff peaks.
  5. Assemble as follows: Brush the first piece of puff pastry with half the peach preserves, and top with half the grilled nectarines. Pipe 1/3 of the whipped cream over the nectarines. Top with second strip of pastry. Brush with peach preserves and top with half the raspberries. Pipe 1/3 more whipped cream and arrange the third strip of pastry on top. Carefully cut into eight pieces. Garnish each napoleon with a dollop of whipped cream, a slice of nectarine, and 2 raspberries. Dust with confectioner's sugar. Chill for 2 hours.