Monday, June 11, 2018

Napoleonskager #BakingBloggers

This month's Baking Bloggers challenge was to make something with Puff Pastry.  (and I totally screwed up on notifying them I was going to participate, so I'm a little late in the game.)
But I'm here now and I have my bake on.
My mind immediately went to something I used to get in Denmark, a Napoleonskager,when I saw Puff Pastry as the challenge or theme this month.  This is something I would 'nyde' or enjoy every single crumb and drop of filling of.  And then I'd lick the plate.
TMI?
   

And since we've got to attend a potluck on Monday as well, I made this up a little early.   I can't wait to see everyone's faces when they see what I brought. 
According to Wikipedia, this is also called Mille-feuille or Thousand Layer pastry.   You can read more about it here.
In England they also call it a Cream Slice, and it's known by various names and guises throughout the world. 

Nuff said.

This is a pretty easy and spectacular dessert to make and put together.  Although like most really great desserts, it does take a little advance planning.
And it's worth it.

Make a batch of Pastry Cream, I kinda cheated and used my Bird's Eye Custard mix, cause it's pretty much fool proof and tastes great as well.

Next.  Take the puff pastry out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

Then take out the sheet of pastry, roll it out a bit thinner, about the thickness of cardboard.  Cut it into strips, and prick it all over with a fork.  You don't want it to poof up like usual.   I actually used a ruler and my pizza cutter to cut them out.   I wanted smaller ones, not quite size I used to get in Denmark, more bite-size Napoleons, cause I like small bites of things.  And this way I could make enough to share.
I then figured out the optimum number of cuts I could make, and used my fork to prick them all over.
It wasn't enough to keep them from rising too much, but I had a fix for that.  I just cut some of the too poofy ones in half and built the Napoleonskager that way.

Topping
After Glazing with some of the white, drizzle some of the red glaze over top
 And using the tip of a knife or a toothpick, pull across the red stripes, making a comb pattern.
Then eat and enjoy, after taking lots and lots of pictures.  You can see the layers of the puff pastry here.  The pastry filling does tend to leak out, so make sure you're either wearing a bib or eating over a plate.  That pastry cream does a number sometimes on clothes.


Each Napoleon has three layers of pastry and two layers of a thick pastry cream.  The top is finished off with either a thin royal icing or a very thick glaze.   In Denmark a thin layer of Raspberry Jelly is added under the pastry cream, then topped with another layer of pastry, more jelly and custard. Then it's topped with the final layer of puff pastry and glazed. 
 

BTW, this is also my 900th post.  I just realized. WOW, OK, so I just impressed myself. sheesh.




Yield: 12 + Servings

Napoleonskager

prep time: 30 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 50 mins
These are known by various names throughout the world, but the consensus by most people, is they're just plain delicious.

ingredients:


1 package frozen Puff Pastry Dough
1 recipe Custard (I used Bird's Eye Custard Powder)
2-4 tablespoons Raspberry Jelly
White Glaze
Raspberry Glaze

White Glaze
4-6 Tablespoons Confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1-3 drops of water if needed.

Raspberry Glaze
3-4 Tablespoons Raspberry Jelly, heated and thinned out with a little water
4-5 Tablespoons Confectioners sugar
1 drop red food coloring
1-3 drops water if needed.

instructions:


Make two cups of Pastry Cream or Custard.  I used Bird's Eye Custard Powder and just doubled the custard powder to get a thick custard.
 Take the puff pastry out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Then take out the sheet of pastry, roll it out a bit thinner, about the thickness of cardboard.  Cut it into strips, and prick it all over with a fork.  You don't want it to poof up like usual.   I actually used a ruler and my pizza cutter to cut them out.   I wanted smaller ones, not quite the size I used to get in Denmark, more  two bite-size Napoleons, cause I like small bites of things.  And this way I could make enough to share.
I then figured out the optimum number of cuts I could make, and used my fork to prick them all over.   Using a pizza cutter and a ruler, cut out strips.  Mine were 2 inches by 3 inches.  Not square. more rectangular in shape.   Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden in color.  You don't want them browned, more golden and just baked through. 
If the puff pastry, puffed up too much while baking,  you can always split it, and then assemble it like this.
Puff Pastry, thin, very thin layer of Raspberry Jelly, custard, another piece of puff pastry, Jelly, custard and finishing it off with a final layer of puff pastry, which has been glazed.  A layer of white glaze first, then drizzle some of the red glaze over top and using a toothpick or the tip of a knife, pull through the red glaze and make a pretty combed design.  
Serve immediately. 
 
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

10 comments:

  1. I love Napoleons! Thanks for sharing Sid, glad you were able to join us.

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    1. Thanks, and me too. I'm just sorry I screwed on letting everyone know what I was making in advance. I now have a sticky note on my monitor to remind me for next month. Aren't Napoleons' good?

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  2. Spectacular and easy is my kind of combination! These sound delicious!

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  3. Ooh I love how you piped that custard. These look incredible. I hope I get the chance to visit Denmark someday.

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    1. Thanks, unfortunately they get squashed when you put the next layer down, but for a minute, they look good. You need to go to Denmark, it is the most incredible place.

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  4. Talk about Heaven - I think that this may be it. These napoleons look so good; I'm pretty sure that I am not going to have a problem licking the plate! I have been to Denmark and I loved it there. I have ancestors that came from there and kind of connected with the country. I did not have Napoleons while I was there however. I guess that I will have to go back - or maybe I won't need to once I make these and try them out. Thank you for sharing at Friday Frenzy.

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    1. These were one of my favorites when I lived there. And surprisingly easy to make as well. Which I'm not totally sure is a good thing,kidding.

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  5. These look so pretty and tasty, too! Thanks for linking up at the Friday Frenzy!

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    1. Thanks, and thank you for letting me link up.

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