Saturday, May 21, 2011

Napoleon Pastry Dessert




Puff Pastry
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
Unfold puff pastry sheet and trim edges to a 9-inch square. Cut pastry into nine rectangles.  Transfer pastry dough to the prepared baking sheets; prick pastry. Bake in a preheated oven for 18-23 minutes, or until golden. (Or bake according to package directions.) Carefully remove pastries from baking sheet. Cool on a rack.


 Custard Filling:
6 egg yolks beaten

2 cups milk
2 tablespoon of butter melted
1 full piece of orange peel (optional)
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons of flour
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Melt butter in pan add flour stir till smooth no, lumps add milk, beaten egg yolks, sugar, butter, peel if using, vanilla...stir constantly until thick and creamy, if it gets too thick add a little more milk. Remove immediately from pot as it will continue to cook and then pour into a bowl. Cool with a piece of wax paper over the top and a teaspoon of sugar this will keep the skin from forming on top.... cool completely.

Assembly:
Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the pastry cream on the bottom layer and precede as follows:

Top with middle pastry layers. Spread another 1 1/2 tablespoons of the pastry cream on each middle layer. Finally, top with remaining pastry layers. You can stack as many as you like I used six for each pastry.  Spread glaze over top of napoleons, then drizzle with melted chocolate. Chill up to 1 hour before serving.

Topping:
1/2 cup chocolate chips melted (I used a microwave safe dish in the microwave)

2 cups confectionery sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 to 3 tablespoons of hot water
Mix sugar, butter and water till a smooth consistency, frosting should be loose not thick.
After the pastry is layered, slather white thick frosting over the top, drizzle with melted chocolate and swirl with a knife to get the marbled effect.

40 comments:

Greg said...

This looks wonderful. I love the way the topping is oozing down the sides.

Patti said...

Lovely presentation Claudia! These are my favorite kind of desserts!

ARLENE said...

Fabulous dessert!

(Lady Gourmet) Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, That looks absolutely wonderful! When I saw the picture I said, "oh my". I must try the recipe. My son would love it. Blessings, Catherine xoxo

Now Serving said...

Ah- MAZING & beautiful!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious dessert looks wonderful with the pastry

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Gorgeous & I'm sure delish too!

Federica said...

I've never tasted this dessert, but it looks absolutely gorgeous. Great
Bye dear, hope you have a good Sunday

Three-Cookies said...

Looks awesome, great design

Lizzy said...

Gosh, Claudia, this is such a gorgeous dessert! That top photo is stunning!

Happy Sunday, my friend!

Janet @ DyingforChocolate said...

Lovely. Great instructions & photos, too.

Scribbler said...

This looks incredibly sinful -- I cannot wait to try this later in the week. I have decided that I am going to do something "just because" each week, from now on. And I think I will start with this!

Katrina said...

Sheesh, that looks really good!!!!

Lenia said...

Oh my God,my mouth is watering!Perfect dessert,great photos!Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

This is one of my favorite desserts and your version of it looks and sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Mari said...

This looks heavenly!!

Happy Sunday :)

Carla and Michael said...

Decadent-I'm speechless, (and now my mouth is watering).

Kate@Diethood said...

Holy creaminess! That is my type of a dessert! I love this recipe..thank you, Claudia, for sharing!

chefpandita.com said...

The icing looks so good! Beautiful dessert, Claudia. Happy Sunday :) xoxo

Sandra said...

Oh this looks and sounds amazingly delicious! Awesome dessert Claudia!

Reeni said...

This is a dessert I find too intimidating to make myself - I'm inspired! You make it look so easy. It's perfect!

5 Star Foodie said...

Your napoleon looks amazing, loving the custard filling and the top is so pretty!

Laurie Alves said...

Claudia, they look scrumptious! Your pastry cream sounds great! Have to try your version!

Drick said...

I think I just saw a slice of heaven... this is going in my dessert folder for sure,one of your many ones....

judee@glutenfreeA-Z said...

This looks like another fabulous recipe. My husband LOVES Napoleons and I can't wait to try this. Yum!

Victoria said...

Beautiful napoleons. I love the convenience of store-bought puff pastry. Makes impressive desserts like this so much easier :) Yum!

Magic of Spice said...

Claudia this is so deliciously delightful...looks pretty gorgeous as well :) Might just be my new favorite dessert :)

Anonymous said...

i love that dessert,i'm happy to have it i'm going to make it.thank u claudia

My Little Space said...

Oh my oh my Claudisa, I'll do anything for this one! Gosh, I am salivating! Slurp... Have to make this. Thanks for sharing & enjoy your day, darling.
Cheers, Kristy

Irina@thecoffeebreak said...

Claudia you brought back so many memories with your recipe :)When I was growing up my mom used to make this cake on my birthdays . Thank you!

The Farmers Wife said...

Absolutely gorgeous dessert! Yum!

twistedkitchen said...

This looks so tasty!

Erin said...

Oh wow! This looks so creamy and delicious!

Anne said...

How beautiful! I can just imagine how sweet and crunchy it is, too! : )

Melynda said...

Hi Claudia, sharing this great memory maker on my Wednesday post,thanks!

Tiffany said...

Claudia, this is AWESOME! I love desserts with puff pastry and this is such a great one!

Valerie said...

Gosh i can't believe you made it yourself! It looks great, just like a really bakery! I love it!!

Sandra said...

I would love to eat this.

Megan's Cookin' said...

This is my idea of Heaven! I love pastry cream and sandwiched between flaky pastry? YES PLEASE!

Minnie@thelady8home said...

Incredibly delicious looking pastry! Thanks so much,I have never made these, but really want to try them now.