Napoleon Dessert Recipe
French Pastry (Mille Feuille Cream Pastry)
Napoleon Dessert. Layers of flaky French pastry and the most perfect vanilla pastry cream come together in this popular cream pastry, also known as a Mille Feuille.
This Napoleon Pastry is my new favorite dessert. I want to eat it morning, noon, and night. It’s everything I love about most French pastries – it’s rich and delicate, not too sweet and filled with pastry cream. I want to eat it morning, noon, and night. Ok. I actually want to eat anything filled with pastry cream morning, noon, and night, but this is what’s in front of me. So in this moment, this cream pastry is IT.
“Mille Feuille” literally means a thousand leaves, which is a lovely name, is it not? The name comes from the “thousand” layers of puff pastry used to make it. Puff pastry is a beast to make, requiring the baker to roll out the dough, fold it over on itself, refrigerate, roll it out again, fold it again, refrigerate…. and repeat. At least 4 more times. Who has time for that?
Happily, you can pick up a package of frozen puff pastry in nearly every grocery store. This little fact makes this show-stompingly gorgeous and delicious classic French pastry SO simple, you’ll wonder (as I did) why you’ve never made it before. Which brings up an important question…
What has taken me so long to make a Napoleon Dessert?!
The answer to that is simple: I’d simply never tasted a classically prepared (i.e., really good) Mille Feuille before. All that changed earlier this week with an unexpected trip to Vail, CO on a gorgeous Fall afternoon.