For 7-8 portions:
○ all-purpose flour 560gr
○ 1 egg
○ a pinch of salt
○ unsalted butter 200G
○ whole milk 800 ml
○ 5 eggs
○ brown sugar 360gr
○ all-purpose flour 3,5 tsp.
○ vanilla sugar (optional)
○ butter 200 gr
Napoleon cake is a quite famous dessert in Russia and other post-soviet countries. Living in the Netherlands, it is quite hard to find one being sold, therefore I decided to make it myself! The recipe is quite straight-forward, yet a bit time-consuming. Let's go! :)
Step 1: Mix soft butter with flour. You can start cutting butter with a knife, simultaneously mixing it with flour. Keep doing it until you have a butter-flour crumble, better said until they are properly mixed. :)
Step 2: Add an egg (beaten with salt) and mix the consistency. Keep adding cold water until the dough has a nice, chewy consistency. Place into a fridge for 25-30 minutes.
Step 3: While the dough is cooling down, we will make the cream. Leave the milk heating up in a large pot. In the meantime, beat eggs with sugar and flour. When the milk is a bit warm add 3-5 large spoons into the egg mixture. Keep beating. Slowly add this eggs-sugar-milk mixture into the pot with the warm milk. Keep mixing it well until you see bubbles on the surface. Take off the stove and keep mixing. Add soft butter and vanilla sugar into the warm cream mixture. Keep mixing until it cools down a bit.
Step 4: Take the dough out of the fridge. Divide it into 9 to 11 equal pieces and roll them into thin circles of max. 2mm each. Bake each one of the layers separately in the preheated to 180C oven. It will take approximately 5-10 minutes per layer and you can add 2 layers per time.
Step 5: When all the layers are baked, we can start assembling the cake. Note: Leave 1-2 layers aside. Start assembling the cake by distributing the cream over all the layers, adding each new layer at the top of the previous one. Once you're finished with the layers, distribute the cream over the sides of the cake.
Step 6: Crumble the layers you kept aside for the cake decoration. Put the dough crumbles all around the cake - they will stick to the cream. Afterward, place some fruits/berries on top for the decoration.
It is very yummy! Be careful and mindful of the portion sizes :) At the end of the day, it is a very delicious but not a very healthy dessert.
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