Patriotic Berry “Napoleon”

A beautiful dessert that makes the most of seasonal berries and looks as impressive as it tastes! Experiment with any combination of fresh fruit that you so desire.

  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 pieces 1x


  • 3 cups combined strawberries and blueberries (or 1 1/2 cup of each)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 package puff pastry
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Additional powdered sugar and mint leaves, for garnish



  1. Slice strawberries and halve blueberries. Stir together with white sugar and cover. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes (or as long as it takes to prep everything else).

Puff Pastry

  1. Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions. Prick all over with a fork and bake. Check them while they’re cooking and prick more as necessary. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Whipped Cream

  1. Combine heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form (google this if you don’t know what to look for). Chill until you’re ready to use it.


  1. Cut each piece of puff pastry into 9. Group pieces into sets of 3. If you have some that tilt alarmingly, choose pieces that tilt the other way to match them.
  2. Set down a base piece of pastry. Use a pastry bag (or a ziplock with the tip cut off) to pipe a nice heavy layer of whipped cream. Spoon on an even layer of berries. Use a little more cream to stick on the next piece of pastry. Repeat.
  3. Add the top piece. Use a small sieve to shake an even layer of powdered sugar on top, giving everyone the impression that you are a master pastry chef. Garnish with a couple of berries and tiny mint leaves.
  4. Present to your audience. Accept adulation.