Dulce de Leche Banana Napoleons

Crisp, golden squares of puff pastry, bananas, dulce de leche and whipped cream are layered to create this elegant and absolutely luscious dessert.
  • prep: 20 minutes
  • bake: 20 minutes
  • cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche or caramel sauce
  • 3 large banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup shaved dark chocolate

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 

  2. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface.  Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface.  Cut the pastry sheet into 3 rectangles along the fold lines.  Cut each rectangle crosswise into 3 squares.  Place the pastry squares onto a baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.

  3. Layer the pastry-topped baking sheets with a piece of parchment paper and another baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden and crisp.  Remove the top baking sheets and parchment paper and let the pastries cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Using a small offset spatula or butter knife, spread about 1 tablespoon dulce de leche on each of 6 pastries.  Arrange about 9 slices banana on each.  Top each with about 2 tablespoons whipped cream.  Repeat the layers.  Top with the remaining pastries.  Sprinkle with the confectioners' sugar and chocolate.

  6. Ingredient Note: Dulce de leche is a delicous dessert sauce that can be found canned in the international foods aisle of many markets.

  7. Recipe Note: Using the baking sheets to weight the pastry results in a crispy, flaky texture that complements the velvety filling beautifully.  Just make sure to use the parchment paper as directed above to prevent sticking!

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