Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 6 Fresh thin-sliced white bread - crusts removed

  2. 4 tablespoons 60ml Unsalted butter - melted

  3. 1 tablespoon 15ml Sugar

  4. 1 cup 237ml Thinly-sliced strawberries

  5. (or other seasonal fruit)

  6. Sugar - to taste

  7. 2 teaspoons 10ml Lemon juice - or to taste

  8. 3/4 cup 177ml Chilled heavy cream - whipped

  9. Praline Powder - (see below)

  10. Confectioners' sugar

  11. Praline Powder

  12. 3/4 cup 148g / 5 1/5oz Sugar

  13. 1 Cream of tartar

  14. 2 tablespoons 30ml Water

  15. 1/2 cup 46g / 1.6oz Blanched whole almonds

  16. Chocolate Sauce

  17. 2 1/2 oz 71g Fine-quality bittersweet chocolate - chopped

  18. (do not use unsweetened chocolate)

  19. 1/4 cup 59ml Heavy cream

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

  2. Roll out bread between two pieces of waxed paper very thin. Cut bread in half in rectangles to yield 12 rectangles. Brush both sides with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until browned lightly. Remove from oven and let cool.

  3. Toss strawberries with lemon juice and sugar.

  4. Arrange 1 bread rectangle on each plate, top with whipped cream, Praline Powder, and strawberries, cover with another rectangle, add some more cream, praline powder, and strawberries, another bread rectangle and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve with Chocolate Sauce.

  5. Praline Powder: In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil the sugar with the cream of tartar and water over moderately-high heat, stirring and washing down any sugar crystals clinging to the sides of the pan with a brush dipped in cold water.

  6. Cook the syrup over high heat without stirring, swirling the pan until it is a light caramel. Add the almonds, swirl the pan until the nuts are coated with the caramel, and begin to make a popping sound.

  7. Pour the mixture onto an oiled marble surface or jelly roll pan and let cool until it is hard. Transfer the praline to a cutting board, chop it coarsely, and use a food processor or blender to pulverize it in batches. Store the praline powder in an airtight container. (Makes 1 cup)

  8. Chocolate Sauce: Place chocolate in medium bowl. In a small saucepan heat cream over medium heat to scald, do not boil. Pour cream over chopped chocolate whisking until smooth. (Makes 1/2 cup)

  9. This recipe yields 4 servings.


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