It was an unexpected, simple and spontaneous gathering with a few friends. What to do for food? I needed to serve something. And that something needed to be quick with ingredients on hand. Thankfully, the strawberries caught my attention and this quick and easy Strawberry Napoleon Dessert was the result.
Do you ever have those weekends where your best of intentions simply get delayed? Yes, it was one of those for me. I hadn’t gone shopping yet. And my pantry supplies were running low. Teenage boys rummage around and can find almost anything in the refrigerator or pantry… often. Well, the sweet stuff anyway.
With not more than a few minutes notice, I literally found 4 ingredients that could turn into something good.
A carton of strawberries in the refrigerator, a sheet of puff pastry in the freezer, a little leftover whipping cream and some mint leaves from my herb garden.
No stress. Just a simple Strawberry Napoleon dessert, a cup of tea, and warm, lively conversation for that unexpected, unplanned, spontaneous gathering that we won’t soon forget.
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Whether it’s an impromptu gathering or a simple way to make a pretty and delicious dish, you’ll love this incredibly easy dessert.
- 1 pint strawberries, thinly sliced
- puff pastry, thawed (1 sheet)
Sweetened Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Using one sheet of thawed but cold puff pastry, cut the sheet into thirds lengthwise, using the folds as a guide. Then cut each of the 3 strips of pastry into 4 squares, for a total of 24. Transfer squares to baking sheet.
Bake puff pastry at 400°F for about 12-15 minutes or until golden; let cool.
Meanwhile, thinly slice strawberries and whip the cream.
To make the cream. Beat heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer or even by hand until it begins to thicken. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, continue beating until soft peaks form. This will make 2 cups of whipping cream. If you have any left over, it can be stored in the refrigerator for another use.
When the puff pastry has cooled, carefully break each “puff” in half. Spread whipping cream on the bottom and layer with sliced strawberries. Place the top layer over the strawberries. To the top of each Napoleon, layer with additional whipping cream, sliced strawberries, and mint leaves for garnish. After I plate each, I like to sparingly sprinkle a bit more confectioners’ sugar over the top.
Add a fork, a pretty napkin… and maybe even a cup of tea.
Nothing beats the taste of real, freshly whipped cream. However, if you don’t have any on hand, the cool whip variety or even the spray variety can work for this incredibly easy dessert.