My husband and I took a trip to Disney World last year. While there, we wandered into a little French bakery and decided to try a lovely dessert known as a “Napoleon.” We had never heard of them before (I know, how could we not know about this heavenly dessert), but needless to say we made our way to the same bakery every night for the rest of the trip to get a taste of those beautiful, little pastries! Since then, we just can’t seem to get enough Napoleons in our life so we decided to make our own!
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Easy Strawberry Napoleon Recipe:
1 sheet (half of a 17 oz. pkg) frozen puff pastry* 1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup whipped topping 2 cup stemmed and sliced strawberries 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional) Powdered sugar, for garnish
Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Thaw folded pastry sheet for 20 minutes. Open sheet and cut along folds to make three equal strips; halve each strip to make six rectangles. Space apart on baking sheet. Bake in center of oven about 15 minutes until well browned and baked through. Remove to rack to cool.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk pudding mix, milk, and extract for 2 minutes; fold in whipped topping and blend thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate.
Carefully split each piece of pastry in half horizontally. Cover bottom halves with almonds, then pudding mixture and sliced strawberries, dividing equally. Cover with pastry tops. Dust with powdered sugar.
*You could double the pudding mixture and use both sheets of puff pastry for more Napoleons. I ended up using all of my puff pastry to be able to have additional layers for each Napoleon.