Napoleons are one of those desserts that look so fancy and elegant but are as simple as they can possibly be. Perfect for any party or special occasion, you use puff pastry from the store to create these little masterpieces. You can cut them to the size you want; small for bite size or larger for a full dessert portion at the end of a dinner party.
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 T. granulated sugar
2 T. Grand Marnier (optional)
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup marscapone cheese
1 T. vanilla
3 T + more Confectioners sugar (you will need some for garnish)
1 orange for a bit of juice and the zest (optional)
1 box of frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Clean, core and slice strawberries. Put in a bowl with the sugar and Grand Marnier. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream, vanilla and 2-3 tablespoons of the Confectioners sugar plus 2 tablespoons orange juice (or use Grand Marnier) and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold in the Marscapone cheese. Spoon into a piping bag. Refrigerate.
Dust the work surface with flour. Open one package of the puff pastry. Cut along the fold lines to make 3 pieces and cut each of those into 4 pieces. Repeat with the second package. Put on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
Split each of the puff pastry squares in half. Put the bottom halves on a serving plate. Pipe with whipping cream mixture.
Drain the strawberries. Add a layer on top of the whipped cream. Pipe some additional whipping cream and put on the top. Dust with powdered sugar.