Pastry Cream for Eclairs and Napoleons
Often considered a rarefied French pastry, Napoleons are almost never attempted outside of commercial bakeries. Could we create a recipe that is doable for home cooks and yields delicious results that are worth the effort?
Why This Recipe Works
For our Napoleons recipe, we worked on a scaled-down version of our Quick Puff Pastry recipe. Then we figured out how to achieve level puff pastry layers for our Napoleons recipe, so they could be spread with pastry cream and stacked. We found that rolling the dough into an even layer, poking holes in it with a fork, and baking it topped with foil and pie weights worked best.