Here, as they say — nothing superfluous. Many people say that they do not like sweets, but when Napoleon is on the table, these people are the first to reach for a piece. Why does this happen?
Everything is very simple — most do not like excessive decorations on the cake, all sorts of roses, plenty of butter and chocolate. Cake «Napoleon» is devoid of all this abundance and is a thin cakes with various kinds of creams.
How strange the story of this delicacy is enmeshed in thousands of legends. And Napoleon cheated on his wife, and in justification he said that he told the maid of honor about a new cake recipe, and Russian confectioners made Napoleon’s cake in the form of the cocked hat of the great emperor, although the recipe of this cake and later the cake came from Italy and was known before Napoleon ascended to the throne .
In fact, the Frenchman, Claudius Gele, invented the puff pastry for dainty, who wrapped butter in the dough, waited a little, then rolled and wrapped it again. So he repeated several times, and when he put it in the oven, he got a cake with a bunch of layers. Later, the layers began to be coated with cream and an unforgettable recipe for Napoleon.
In France and Italy, the cake is called “1000 layers” and only Russia and America call it by the name of the Great Emperor.
A huge number of recipes
Almost 200 recipes for making puff delicacies are known, but they all boil down to one. This is a puff cake filled with cream and sprinkled with crumb.
Each housewife prepares it in his own way and therefore no recipe repeats the other. Of course, the easiest recipe is to make a cake from purchased puff pastry and fluff up with condensed milk.
It is fast, tasty, but not sporty.
If you want to try a cake made by yourself, then we will show several recipes for preparing delicious Napoleon from scratch.
Cooking classic puff pastry
Puff pastry for Napoleon is made somewhat longer according to the classic recipe, which was prescribed in the rare books “On tasty and healthy food” even in Stalin times. Later these books were reprinted, but the recipe remained unchanged.
- 3.5 glasses of high-grade flour;
- 400 g high-quality butter;
- Three fourth glasses of cold water;
- 2 chicken eggs;
- 5-6 drops of vinegar or citric acid;
- One third teaspoon of salt.
For a good puff pastry, sift flour in the amount of three glasses and pour into a cup. Some skillful housewives immediately sift over the container with wide edges. It turns out a slide in which you have to make a crater in the middle.
Pour salt in this hole, pour vinegar, water and break eggs. The spectacle at the first stage is unforgettable. Still fire and volcanic eruption is ready.
All this is mixed at first with a spoon, and then with hands covered with flour. Bring to a uniform consistency, roll up the ball or its like and cover with a towel for 15 minutes.
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While the ball is standing, we cut the butter into small cubes, sprinkle half a cup of flour and then it is necessary to knead everything up to a smooth mass.
Roll out the dough to a 1 cm layer and put butter and flour in the middle and smooth it well, then fold it into an envelope. This action is performed on a silicone mat or parchment, sprinkled with flour.
Roll the envelope again, in the form of a rectangle to a thickness of 1 cm. Fold the two edges along the long side towards the center, and then in the form of a closed book.
Further on the cold, you can put it on the parchment in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then get it out and repeat the procedure two more times.
The dough for Napoleon is ready. When baking, you get a delicious cake that will remind you of your childhood.
Only in this tender period did the puffy tongues and tubules have the most pleasant and unique taste.
Napoleon’s recipe from homemade puff pastry
On a parchment or silicone mat, roll out the previously prepared dough to a thickness of 2-3 mm. Bake the cake in the oven preheated to 220 degrees for 10-15 minutes at 220 degrees.
Puff pastry does not like cold ovens so that you do not bake from it, the oven will have to be heated for 20 minutes at maximum power.
It is possible while the first cake is baked, roll the next one, so that immediately after pulling out the first cake, put the second one on the baking sheet. If the cakes are large, then still hot cut them into two halves. Spread the bottom layer of custard, put the second.
And so on until the cakes run out. Top cake to put, and fluff everything, including the sides of the cake.
The dough should remain for the last pastry cake, which needs to be kept in the oven a little longer (about 5 minutes). After its preparation, it is necessary to break it very finely and sprinkle the cake from all sides.
Of course, this is not the easiest recipe, as the dough takes a lot of time and effort, but the most delicious and airy.
Soviet cooks who wrote recipes for books knew all the subtleties of their work.
Quick Dough Recipe for Cake
For quick-cooking cakes on margarine, you will need:
- 3 cups flour:
- A pack of margarine — 250 gr;
- Three fourth glasses of water (ice);
- Half a teaspoon of slaked soda.
Sift flour into a wide bowl, make a recess in the hill and put margarine into it in cubes. Leave for half an hour, margarine during this time softens somewhat.
Next, chop margarine with a wooden or plastic spatula, at the same time mixing it with flour to the state of kroshev. Fill up with water, and soda, used with vinegar.
Knead the dough is better with hands sprinkled with flour until smooth.
After cooking for 60 minutes, the dough should be cooled in the refrigerator. While it is freezing there, make custard, according to any recipe that is most accessible to you.
Usually use a recipe with condensed milk or a classic basic recipe for custard.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator, cut into seven pieces and roll out each piece with a thickness of 2-3 mm.
And bake in a preheated oven at 220 degrees for 5 minutes, then put the next one. And so on until the cakes run out.
The most unattractive cake to break, ceiling and leave to sprinkle. Collect the cake — cake — cream — cake — cream, after the last sprinkle all the crumbs from the failed, but rather baked cake.
There is another easy-to-bake cake for which you will need:
- 3 cups flour;
- One chicken egg;
- 250 g of butter of the highest category;
- Half a teaspoon of salt;
- 3 \ 4 glasses of water;
- Tablespoon of vinegar.
Everything is done as in the previous recipe. Flour is sifted in the amount of two glasses, a crater is made into which oil is put. Everything is chopped together and a mountain is formed from the resulting mixture, in which it is necessary to make a depression in the middle and pour water into it, in which salt and vinegar have been previously dissolved.
After breaking the egg. Knead the dough, gradually pouring the last glass of flour.
Divide the whole mass into 8-9 parts and roll the balls, which will go to the refrigerator for 1 hour. After cooling, roll out the cake layers and bake each cake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
Cakes to get, smear with custard or condensed milk and a delicious dessert is ready. This cake is very simple and does not take much time.
Therefore, it is often baked by many housewives.