Napoleons – GOSH!

Want to make a special dessert for your honey this Valentine’s Day? No? Okay. Want to make a special dessert for yourself?? Either way, these Strawberry Napoleons are the way to go. They are fun, unique and most importantly, tasty.

Strawberry Napoleons

Napoleons are traditionally a French dessert made with layers of puff pastry filled with pastry cream. Let’s put tradition aside for a little while and see what we can come up with. The most obvious detour I took from the tradition napoleon was the substitution of fresh strawberry whipped cream in the place of pasty cream. I have never been a fan of pasty cream as I find it to be a little too rich. I’m probably the only girl you’ll find who will pass up a cream filled donut :(. So I decided to make a lighter, fresher filling.

Fresh whipped cream whisked to stiff peaks.

Freshly diced strawberries.

Gently fold the strawberries into the whipped cream. Do not over mix because you want to keep the whipped cream nice and fluffy.

Cut out the puff pastry with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and place on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place another pan on top of the pastries so they do not 'puff' too much making it easier to create the layers in the Napoleons.

Assembly: puff pastry -> strawberry whipped cream -> puff pastry -> strawberry whipped cream -> puff pastry.

Sift some powdered sugar on top of each napoleon.

Top with fresh strawberry and you have a pretty good looking dessert!


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