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I'm going to be working on baking a batch of strawberry Napoleons tomorrow, and I had some questions. I need advice on what recipe is best to follow, tips for making them, and any other helpful advice
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Strawberry Napoleon Help

posted at 7/5/2013 4:00 AM EDT
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I'm going to be working on baking a batch of strawberry Napoleons tomorrow, and I had some questions. I need advice on what recipe is best to follow, tips for making them, and any other helpful advice. I am just above a beginner baker, and I love it. This is one of the more difficult recipes to be working with, so I need advice from advanced bakers. My favorite part is plating the food. Displaying it leaves so much for creativity and can make it look lovely. Please post some tips and advice. Thanks everyone!

Garrett Spain

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posted at 7/5/2013 6:07 AM EDT
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did you check  the recipes in VBB i don't bake sorry

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posted at 7/5/2013 6:43 AM EDT
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I never made a recipe such as the one you are mentioning.

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posted at 7/5/2013 7:29 AM EDT
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 it was the best we tasted.

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posted at 7/5/2013 8:47 AM EDT
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In Response to Strawberry Napoleon Help:
I'm going to be working on baking a batch of strawberry Napoleons tomorrow, and I had some questions. I need advice on what recipe is best to follow, tips for making them, and any other helpful advice. I am just above a beginner baker, and I love it. This is one of the more difficult recipes to be working with, so I need advice from advanced bakers. My favorite part is plating the food. Displaying it leaves so much for creativity and can make it look lovely. Please post some tips and advice. Thanks everyone! Garrett Spain
Posted by Garrett S

The most difficult thing about Napoleons is the pastry. Are you making your own Puff Pastry or are you using a frozen puff pastry?
 I have a recipe from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook for a short cut Puff Pastry that while will never be as great as a real puff pastry it is very good and I have been happy with it for years. Here is the recipe if you would like it.
 Puff Pastry.
 1 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
 1/2 Cup sour cream
 Cut butter into flour until it is completely mixed in.
 Stir in the sour cream until thoroughly blended.
  Divide the dough in half, wrap each and chill at least 8 hours.
  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
 For Napoleons roll dough into a 12X10 rectangle.
 Cut into 15 rectangles each 4X2 inches.  (Chill scraps before re rolling)
  Brush with a mixture of 3 Tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon water.
 Bake on an ungreased baking sheet 15 to 18 minutes or until light brown.
 Repeat with second half of the pastry.

Mix 1 Cup confectioners sugar and 1 Tablespoon milk.
Spread on 10 of the rectangles.
Drizzle 1 ounce of melted semi sweet chocolate on the frosted rectangles. 

The filling recipe that this particular recipe calls for is:
Prepare 1 package instant pudding as directed on package except....  
Substitute 1/2 Cup sour cream for 1/2 Cup of the milk called for. 

To assemble
Put 3 rectangles together with 1 tablespoon of the filling between each, top with the frosted rectangle. 

You could use any filling with the pastry.  I would be careful with fresh berries though as the pastry may get soggy. 

I hope this helps you out.

By the way...welcome.  I am sure that if this is not what you are looking for someone will post a recipe or a link to one that will work.

Re: Strawberry Napoleon Help

posted at 7/5/2013 9:34 AM EDT
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never heard of it

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posted at 7/5/2013 5:02 PM EDT
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Thanks for the advice. I am using premade pastry dough from PepperRidge farm. I guess I'll just take a shot at it, and Ill upload a picture of what it ends up looking like when I'm done! It might be a few days. My walmart is out of strawberries and the nearest store other than that is 20 minutes out of my way.

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posted at 7/5/2013 10:38 PM EDT
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Sounds like a great recipe!!

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posted at 7/6/2013 12:08 AM EDT
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Good Luck, Garrett.  We will be looking forward to the picture! 

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posted at 7/6/2013 12:36 AM EDT
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Pepperidge Farm has a Puff Pastry

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posted at 7/6/2013 10:12 PM EDT
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Well I went to a farmers market, couldn't find strawberries. Went to multiple stores, couldn't find any. I ended up just working without a recipe and making extra large chocolate ravioli.

This picture is of the finished product. I didn't worry about garnishing them because I wasnt presenting them to anyone other than my mom, and if I garnish I want it really good and spend too much time on it.  This is just 3 of the 9 I made.





This was right after I sealed them with a fork right before baking.








I appreciate all of the advice even though I switched recipes. Without using a written recipe and just playing it by taste, they turned out pretty good!

Re: Strawberry Napoleon Help

posted at 7/9/2013 4:58 PM EDT
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Hi, Garrett S, The "Chocolate Ravioli" looks good. For the Strawberry  Napoleon it is sort of like making a short cake. You Bake the pastry in strips according to the package, cool and split. You then top the first layer of pastry with either a pudding, custard, or whipped topping(made with Carnation Milk for taste and richness). Then top with strawberries(or any of your favorite fruit). Repeat the layers and top with a little whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon or dusting of cocoa powder. Chill and enjoy when you are ready. You may also like to try the http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/30361/Chocolate-Chip-Strawberry-Shortcake/detail.aspx.-Kelly

 

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posted at 7/9/2013 8:30 PM EDT
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These look good more like a puff pastry/ pie rather than a Napoleon.  Almost like the turnovers that are made with the puff pastry that Pepperidge Farms.  
In any case they sure look good and I bet your Mom loved them. 

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