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Mille Feuille (Napoleon Pastry Sheets)

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"You don't need to make your own dough when frozen puff pastry sheets work just fine. The key is keeping the dough flat when baking which we do by 'docking' it, or pricking all over with the tines of a fork. These crispy, buttery sheets are the first step in making your own Napoleons."
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Ingredients

55 m servings 683 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone sheet.
  2. Separate dough at the seams into 4 squares and place on prepared baking sheet. Score the dough all over with the tines of a fork to prevent it from rising too much when baking. Lightly sprinkle dough sheets with white granulated sugar.
  3. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper and 3 sheets of aluminum foil. Nest another baking sheet on top to apply some pressure to the dough while it bakes.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes; remove top pan and foil and gently peel off the parchment paper. Return pan to oven and bake until pastry is beautifully browned, 10 to 15 minutes. (Optionally, you can bake about 7 minutes after uncovering, then flip sheets over and bake until brown on the other side, another 7 minutes.)
  5. Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely before cutting.
  6. Square the sheets by trimming uneven edges off sheets using a sharp serrated knife with light sawing motion to keep the pastry from breaking. Cut each rectangle crosswise into 3 equal smaller rectangles. Use 3 small rectangles per pastry.

Footnotes

  • Chef's Notes:
  • Use 3 small rectangles of the pastry to make each Napoleon.
  • Chef John's Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream is delicious piped between layers of Napoleon pastry.
  • To make the icing, simply add enough water or milk to powdered sugar, until the right consistency is reached. For the chocolate one, I started with one part unsweetened cocoa to four parts powdered sugar, and then stirred in the liquid.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 683 calories; 46.7 g fat; 57.3 g carbohydrates; 8.9 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 305 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I thought this was great and explained perfectly! I had no problems with mine. I didn't have vanilla bean at home so I substituted it with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. I also cut back the ...