The Chew: Carla Hall’s Strawberry Napoleon Recipe & Vanilla Cream


The Chew: Carla Hall’s Strawberry Napoleon & Vanilla Pastry Cream

To stick with the double-decker theme on The Chew, Carla showed us how to make her strawberry napoleon recipe and a vanilla pastry cream to go along with it.

The Chew: Strawberry Napoleon Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Carla Hall's Strawberry Napoleon Recipe & Vanilla Cream

Carla Hall’s strawberry napoleon recipe is made even better with her vanilla pastry cream.

  • 1 package Store Bought Puff Pastry (two sheets)
  • melted Butter
  • Salt
  • 2 cups Vanilla Pastry Cream
  • 1 pound Strawberries (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Water
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • melted Chocolate

The Chew: Strawberry Napoleon Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Place pastry dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 24 rectangles.
  3. Transfer to 2 baking sheets and brush with melted butter and gently sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake until golden brown and flakey, about 12 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar to remove lumps.
  7. Add water and lemon juice and stir to create a smooth icing.
  8. Working individually, spread a thin layer of icing on the top of 6 pieces.
  9. Drizzle thin, horizontal lines of chocolate over the icing widthwise.
  10. Drag a toothpick across perpendicular to the chocolate in alternating directions.
  11. Place strawberries and sugar in a medium pot with a pinch of salt and smash with a potato masher or wooden spoon.
  12. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes to dissolve sugar and reduce liquid by half.
  13. To assemble, place a piece of puff pastry on a plate and top with a layer of pastry cream.
  14. Add another layer of puff pastry and top with a thin layer of strawberry preserve.
  15. Add a third layer of puff pastry and top with pastry cream.
  16. Add the decorated layer of puff pastry to the top.
  17. Create a collar out of foil to hold Napoleon shape.
  18. Place in the fridge to chill until ready to serve.

Carla Hall Vanilla Pastry Cream Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Egg Yolks (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (cubed)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

The Chew: Vanilla Pastry Cream Directions

  1. Heat the milk and cream in a sauce pot over medium-low, until steaming.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, cornstarch and salt and return to a boil.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs and temper 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into the eggs.
  4. Gradually pour this back into the pot and continue to whisk as the mixture returns to a boil.
  5. Continue to cook until thick about 5 minutes.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl with pats of butter in the bottom.
  7. Stir until butter melts.
  8. Add extract and stir to incorporate.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing plastic onto top of cream to prevent a skin from forming.
  10. Place in refrigerator until chilled.


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