How to make Napoleones
Bacolod is one of the most visited provinces in the Philippines. Aside from their beautiful natural resources and view, the locals make the tourist come back. They are also big in celebration since one of the most massive festival in the Philippines, the Mascara festival, is held in Bacolod and thousands of tourists flock the city every year. They also have structures that stood the test of time and is now a tourist destination. Bacolod is also known for their amazing food and their incredible tastebuds since they have created the best grilled chicken in the country. They also created some of the best desserts in the country, and they are aslo keen on promoting anything local and anything that is done by Filipinos. Bacolod is also ranked as one of the safest places in the country, and they are also known as one of the cities in the world with the most honest citizens.
Most people would associate the city of Bacolod with chicken inasal and piaya, although these are amazing food coming from the City of Smiles, they have more to offer than those two. Also known as the Sugar Capital of the Philippines, Bacolod has a dessert that is perfect for your sweet tooth. Their pastry shops have delicacies that tourists and locals alike look for and sought after because they can only be found in this part of the country. One of this is Napoleones, which has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. This puffy and sweet dessert is best matched with coffee or soda.
Napoleones is a layered puff pastry that is filled with custard cream and it is glazed with white sugar on top. It comes in bite sized, small squares and there are also larger, rectangle sized ones that are sold in boxes. When you bite into it, you will immediately feel the flakiness of the dessert and you can taste the soft, creamy and sweetness of the custard cream that covers it as well as the glazed sugar. Those who have tasted this amazing dessert could attest to its mouth watering smell and incredible taste since it has the right amount of sweetness and creaminess.
Food bloggers noted that this dessert may have been adapted from the napoleon, which is a French pastry. In French it is mille-feuille, which also means a thousand leaves, the different is that the French dessert has a vanilla slice and a custard slice. The mille-feuille is made up of three layers, with two layers stuffed with cream. Napoleones on the other hand is smothered with custard and it is glazed.
There are numerous cook books that features the famous Bacolod dessert.This specific napoleones recipe was made by the late Conchita Cuenca, and she was considered as the doyenne of Negrense cuisine. There are different pastry shops in Bacolod that serves napoleons but all of them has one thing right, if it is from Bacolod then it is delicious. Nothing can beat the original. But if you wish to try your hand in making one, then you can check out the ingredients and the procedure of making Napoleones below.
What you need for the custard:
- ½ cup butter
- 2 cups evaporated milk
- 5 egg yolks
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
1.) In a saucepan, place ½ cup of butter, 2 cups of evaporated milk, 5 egg yolks, ¾ cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of flour. You can then stir to combine all of the ingredients.
2.) Over a low fire, cook the mixture by stirring it constantly to prevent it from scorching. When the mixture has thickened, you can then remove it from the heat.
What you need for the glaze:
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
A tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons of boiling water
In a medium sized mixing bowl, you need to put the 2 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla. Stir them well and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of boiling water to make the perfect glaze, it needs to spread consistently.
What you need for the puff pastry:
- 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ cup of cold water
1. 1 cup of butter, chilledYou need to make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and you can pour in the water, make sure that you mix them well.
2. Using a rolling pin, you can flatten the dough into a rectangular shape. You can then place the chilled butter in the middle and fold the center of the dough, right over left, you need to make sure that you seal the edges. You can then pound the dough and flatten it into a rectangle. Put it in the freezer to chill the butter that is inside the dough.
3. After 30 minutes, you can then remove the dough from the freezer, you can fold the dough again right over left and pound it with a rolling pin so that it could form another rectangular shaped dough. You need to repeat this process for about 4 times. You can then cut it into desired shape.
4. Preheat the over to 350F and bake the pastry for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden. You need to cool it completely afterwards.
5. You can cut the puff pastry in half and insert the custard filling. You can then pour the glaze over the top.
Where to buy Napoleones
For those who are in Manila, you do not need to travel to Bacolod nor wait for your friends or family to purchase them for you. There are pastry shops in Metro Manila, like Roli’s and Virgie’s that sells napoleones. Once you have bought the dessert, you can store it in your refrigerator up to five days, if you cannot put it in a refrigerator then it can last up to three days only.. A freshly baked napoleones cannot last long because the custard does not have any preservatives. You can purchase a box of 12 and a box of 6.