Mini Strawberry Napoleons
Thaw: 40 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 15 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Bakery Napoleons are good, but this make-at-home version, with puff pastry, vanilla pudding, fresh strawberries and lots of whipped cream, are so much better!
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
1 pkg. (about 3 ounces) instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream or thawed frozen whipped topping
1 1/4 cups sliced strawberries
2 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
Heat the oven to 400°F.
Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Cut the pastry sheet into 3 strips along the fold marks. Cut each strip into 4 rectangles. Place the pastries onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Split each pastry into 2 layers, making 24 in all.
Prepare the pudding mix according to the package directions except use 1 cup milk. Fold in the whipped cream.
Reserve 8 top pastry layers. Spread 2 tablespoons pudding mixture on each of 8 bottom pastry layers. Top each with 1 tablespoon strawberries and another pastry layer. Top with the remaining pudding, strawberries and the reserved top pastry layers. Sprinkle with the confectioners’ sugar.
Ingredient Note: For 1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream, beat 3/4 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Serving Suggestion: The pastries may be drizzled with 1 square (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate, melted, before serving.