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Strawberry Napoleons

Easy Strawberry Napoleons are a delicious dessert that everyone will love. Flaky puff pastry layered with the easiest pastry cream and fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Napoleon with pastry cream.

Ingredients for Easy Strawberry Napoleons Recipe

Ingredients for Napoleon pastries with strawberries.
  • Frozen Puff Pastry- thawed
  • All Purpose Flour – for rolling the dough.
  • Fresh Strawberries – sliced
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Mascarpone or Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
Strawberry puff pastry dessert on a plate.

Step-By-Step Directions for Napoleon Pastry

  1. Remove one sheet puff pastry from packaging and place on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a pizza wheel or sharp knife into 6 rectangles. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Cool on the pan and repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry.
Pastry cream for Napoleons.
  1. Meanwhile, make the pastry cream. Add heavy whipping cream to a large bowl and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken, raise to high speed, beating until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar to the bowl.
  3. Beat at medium speed until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble the pastries.
Sliced strawberries in a bowl, whole strawberries next to the bowl.
  1. Wash and dry the strawberries. Remove the tops and slice. Place in a bowl and cover until ready to serve. You can add 1/3 cup of sugar to the sliced strawberries if you feel the strawberries are not sweet enough.
Puff pastry collage with pastry cream and strawberries.
  1. When puff pastry has cooled, cut each pastry in half with a serrated knife.
  2. Spoon pastry cream onto the bottom half of each pastry and top with sliced strawberries.
  3. Place the tops of the puff pastry over the strawberries.
  4. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops with a mesh strainer if desired.
6 puff pastries with strawberry and cream filling.
  1. Serve immediately or refrigerate, loosely covered with plastic wrap until ready to serve.
Strawberry Napoleons on a plate with whole strawberry.

Recipe Notes for Strawberry Napoleons Dessert

  • Storage: Store napoleons in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Best if eaten the first day.
  • Filling Variations: Use any fruit that you like to layer over the pastry cream. Blueberries, blackberries and kiwi are great options.
  • Topping: Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of each pastry if desired.

Why We Love this Strawberry Napoleons Recipe

  • Quick and Easy Dessert – Using frozen puff pastry makes this one of the easiest desserts you can make. This layered dessert makes a beautiful presentation for holidays or special occasions.
  • Make Ahead Dessert – These puff pastry napoleons can be made a few hours in advance making it a great option for birthdays or holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day or add blueberries for a red, white and blue 4th of July treat.
  • Delicious Puff Pastry Dessert: These easy napoleons are incredibly delicious with the flaky pastry, slightly sweet and creamy filling and sweet and tangy strawberries.

More Delicious Strawberry Desserts to Try

  • Easy Strawberry Cake is a made from scratch cake with fresh strawberries and the best strawberry icing. Great for any occasion.
  • Strawberry Slab Pie is my all-time favorite pie made with sweet strawberries and a jello filling over a shortbread crust. It is a must-have for large gatherings.
  • Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake is a great make-ahead dessert for strawberry lovers. It’s like a cross between strawberry ice cream and cheesecake and impossible to resist.
Strawberry napoleon puff pastry desserts.

If you are looking for a quick dessert, add these Strawberry Napoleons to the menu for your next holiday celebration or for a quick weeknight treat.

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5 from 23 votes

Strawberry Napoleons

Easy Strawberry Napoleons are a delicious dessert that everyone will love. Flaky puff pastry layered with the easiest pastry cream and fresh strawberries.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mascarpone pastry cream, pastry cream, puff pastry desserts, puff pastry napoleons, strawberry dessert
Servings: 12 Pastries
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Milisa

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar + more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Remove one sheet puff pastry from packaging and place on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a pizza wheel or sharp knife into 6 rectangles. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on the pan and repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry.
  • Meanwhile, make the pastry cream. Add heavy whipping cream to a large bowl and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken, raise to high speed, beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Add mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar to the bowl.
  • Beat at medium speed until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble the pastries.
  • When puff pastry has cooled, cut each pastry in half with a serrated knife.
  • Spoon pastry cream onto the bottom half of each pastry and top with sliced strawberries.
  • Place the tops of the puff pastry over the strawberries.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops with a mesh strainer if desired.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate, loosely covered with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Notes

Sweetened Strawberries: Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar to sliced strawberries if you want sweetened strawberries.
Storage: Store napoleons in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Best if eaten the first day.
Filling Variations: Use any fruit that you like to layer over the pastry cream. Blueberries, blackberries and kiwi are great options.
Topping: Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of each pastry if desired.
Recipe can be halved or doubled as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g
5 from 23 votes (23 ratings without comment)

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