Strawberry Napoleon

"This delightfully light dessert is easy and fun to make. It also looks gorgeous once assembled."
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  • Thaw the frozen puff pastry by placing it in room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Once thawed, unfold the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut it into 3 strips along the fold mark.
  • Cut each of the 3 strips into 4 rectangles; you will have a total of 12 same sized rectangles.
  • Place the pastry rectangles on a baking sheet about an inch apart and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the pastry cool.
  • In the meantime, make the vanilla pudding according to the package directions using the cold milk.
  • Fold in the whipped cream into the set vanilla pudding.
  • Now break apart each pastry rectangle into 2 layers - top and bottom; you now have 24 rectangles.
  • Keep aside 8 top layers.
  • Line up 8 bottom parts and spoon ½ of the vanilla mixture on them, dividing equally between the 8 pastries.
  • Top with strawberry slices and another piece of pastry.
  • Repeat with the remaining vanilla mixture and strawberry slices.
  • Top with the reserved pastry tops.
  • Garnish with a few slices of strawberry and a dusting of powdered sugar.
  • Either serve immediately or the patries can be refrigerated for upto 3 hours.
  • Note that the preparation time does not include time to thaw the pastry.

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  1. Reality
    These are delicious - the trick to eating them is to turn them on their side first, then cut bites with fork - that way the filling doesn't squish out from the pressure! :)
  2. CIndytc
    These were beautiful and easy to make...I changed it a little...I used Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding and sugar free cool whip to make them sugar free...they turned out great...I will make these often for the diabetics in the house...
  3. cookaburra
    This dessert was wonderful and I am going to make it again. It IS a little hard to eat it without making a a very delightful mess but you'll eat 'em so quickly you won't remember the mess.
  4. ncmysteryshopper
    These are really good and looked great. They were hard to eat as they fall apart quite easily...but you will eat every last bit of them!


I was born and brought up in a small university town by the south western coast of India, and have been living in various places the last 7 years. I quit my job last year and have been spending hours everyday on 'zaar since then. I enjoy cooking for the most part, especially new recipes. Baking is a relaxing activity for me. My husband and I are beer enthusiasts, and often visit local microbreweries to sample their excellent brew. We love spending time by the water during summers. One of my favorite things to do is snuggle up on the couch on a rainy afternoon, watch the rain through the window while reading a good book with a plate of cake and a cup of strong black coffee.
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