Let’s talk sweetness for a minute… specifically, sweet Napoleon summer dessert! The perfect summer treat! But before I share the recipe how about I tell you what I’m talking about!
First of all, what is a Napoleon?
This delicate pastry is unfortunately under-rated & under-consumed. It’s the ultimate summer dessert. For one… it’s delicious! Two, it’s light. Three, you can fill with most summer fruits that are readily available.
Fruits like peaches (my favorite), berries, and more.
A Napoleon in France, is known as mille-feuille and sometimes called millefoglie in Italy. The dessert’s older names translate into “thousand leaves” for its many flaky layers of pastry surrounding its custard or cream filling. The great French chef and pastry artist Careme was the first to popularize the dessert in the early 1800s, but even then, he described it as being “of ancient origin”.
With its layers and filling of sweet custard and crisp pastry, the napoleon, napolitain or millefoglie tastes as delicious in any language if you ask me.
They are so easy to make, although your guests will think you spent hours putting this dessert together! Using store bought puff pastry for the main ingredient, then you just need to whip up some fresh cream and fill. It’s seriously that easy!
I bake the puff pastry the night before if I’m serving as a breakfast dessert. Then I store it in a freezer bag or sealable container. The next day, I just fill and serve! Easy and so delicious!
Sweet Napoleon Summer Dessert Recipe:
Peaches & Cream Napoleon
- Thaw a sheet of frozen puff pastry, according to the directions on the package. Allow to thaw on counter for 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold the puff pastry and cut it into three strips along the fold marks. Bake on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, until golden.
- Allow puff pastry to cool while you make the whipped cream. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add maple syrup, sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Thinly slice the peaches. Split each puff pastry in half lengthwise, so that you have six layers of pastry.Top two of the layers with 1/2 cup of whipped cream and 1/4 of the peach slices.Top with another pastry layer.Add another 1/2 cup of whipped cream and more peach slices.Top with a final pastry layer.Cut the two Peach Napoleons into three pieces for a total of six servings. Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle salted caramel topping on each. (Optional: sprinkle with nuts before serving).
These will soon become an easy summer favorite! It’s yummy, light & delicious! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 😋