Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Food Styling: Karen Rankin; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Yield
Serves 9 (serving size: 1 napoleon)

Ring in the new spring season with sweet, fresh strawberries that make this dessert festive and beautiful. The layers of berries, pastry, and cream are light, yet rich, and create a show-stopping dessert.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface, and cut each sheet into 9 (3-inch) squares. Place squares in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Whisk together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of the cream. Brush mixture evenly over pastry squares, and sprinkle squares evenly with 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar. Bake until lightly browned and puffed, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.

Step 2

While pastry squares bake, combine strawberries, lemon juice, and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Let stand until ready to use.

Step 3

Beat powdered sugar, vanilla, and remaining cream with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on high speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4

Place chopped white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH until smooth and melted, about 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds.

Step 5

Place 1 pastry square on each of 9 plates. Top each with a generous dollop of whipped cream, 1/2 cup of the strawberry mixture (including accumulated juices), a second pastry square, a second dollop of whipped cream, and 1/2 cup of the strawberry mixture. Drizzle each serving with melted white chocolate, and garnish with a mint sprig.

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