Napoleon, also known as Mille-feuille, is a traditional French puff pastry dessert. It was a popular item back in the pastry I worked. Every time when the chef placed the napoleon into the showcase freezer, it was sold out immediately.
Since I have some leftover pastry cream and strawberry, also I have brought some frozen puff pastry sheet to try from few days ago, so I thought why not make this popular french dessert?
Time: prep 40 min, bake 15 min
1 sheet frozen puff pastry sheet
1/2 cup pastry cream
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup diced strawberries
1. Preheat oven 400 degrees. Thaw pastry sheet for 40 min. Thawing time may be vary depends on the room temperature. You are looking for a stage where the pastry sheet is fold-able while cold.
2. Once the pastry sheet is thawed, unfold or unroll the pastry sheet on a surface with slight flour dusted. Use a rolling pin to roll across to make the pastry even. (Note: For most of puff pastry recipe instructions, they suggest not to put too much pressure on the rolling pin so later the pastry can raise more easily. In this case, we do not want the puff pastry to raise high, so roll away!)
3. Place the pastry sheet onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake roughly about 15 min or until pastry sheet is raised slightly and golden brown.
4. Once the pastry sheet has cold down. Cut the pastry sheet into three sections and set it aside.
5. In a mixing bowl, whisk 1/3 cup of heavy cream to make whipped cream. Add pastry cream and mix well. Set it aside. This will be your first layer of napoleon.
6. In another mixing bowl, whisk the rest of heavy cream and set it aside. This will be your second layer of napoleon.
This recipe is for two layers napoleon. For those who want to add some creativity to the dessert, you can feel free to add different kind of fruits or your favor jams into the layer.
7. Use a pastry bag or a plastic bag with a cut in the corner, pipe pastry cream onto puff pastry sheet. Place diced strawberry and then pipe another layer of whipped cream onto the rest. Repeat the step and then stack up the two layers.
8. Once you have assemble napoleon, place it in the fridge for 10-20 min to chill. This step is optional: you can cut the sides of the napoleon and use a spatula to swipe the side to achieve a neat and clean look. Serve immediately, and can be save for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Making napoleon can be a little messy; especially the part if you decided to cut the edges of the napoleon at the last step. Do not throw away those crumbs. At the end gather the loose crumbs into a cup, and you will get an extra bonus for yourself. Add a little more fruit or drizzle with honey or nutella, you can make yourself a fruit parfait :)
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