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Homemade Napoleon

The two creators of myFudo, one of the most fun and informative food community sites in the Internet, are great friends who have not yet seen each other in “real” life. If asked what they would do if they did get to meet, these would be their answers:

My dear friend Marie and also my partner in MyFudo™ is faced with a dilemma far from anything I’ve ever experienced. She resides a world away from her childhood home. I admire her strength for as I found myself whining about the lack of diverse foods she had to learn a foreign language and adjust to a culture completely outside of anything she had known. It was through sheer luck that Marie and I stumbled upon each other’s individual blogs. We became friends, launched a blog together and still have never met in person. The power of the World Wide Web astounds me for it has shrunk my world and given me a dear friend.

Homemade Napoleon

If I was able to sit down to coffee with Marie I’d serve her one of my favorite pastries of all time; the napoleon. When I first made a napoleon I bought the puff pastry dough. Eventually, I learned how to make my own puff pastry dough and I loved it better than any store-bought dough I’d ever used. This is the hardest part of making a napoleon. The dough is time consuming work, but well worth it. The pastry cream, I learned, could be flavored in any way you desired. I will always love the traditional vanilla, but I prefer to add a hint of orange to my vanilla pastry cream. And, while chocolate is delicious, I find mocha to be a delightful filling, perfect with an espresso.

As with anything worthwhile, time, patience and hard work are involved. This is true when making napoleons. I hope that through time and with patience the day will come that Marie and I will sit down to talk over coffee and napoleons. I am sure that making the puff pastry for those napoleons will be anything but hard work.

This post will be a guest post on December 27th 2011 on “Life Tastes Like Food“.

Homemade Napoleon

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10 comments

  • November 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm //

    I can only imagine how much fun it will be when the two of you meet face to face. When it happens please send pictures. The dessert you’ve created would surely be appropriate for the occasion. Love those flaky layers of pastry!

  • November 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm //

    Wow, those thin layers look amazing! :) I’d love to try one, very pretty!

  • November 30, 2011 at 4:05 am //

    These look so fantastic! I love the colour combination :)

  • November 30, 2011 at 5:09 am //

    This looks so amazing! I can only imagine how wonderful this must taste!

  • November 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm //

    I love that you two have never met, but are still great friends. I have a friend like that too. Your napoleon looks wonderful! The layers are perfect!

  • November 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm //

    We can’t wait to see each other and spend some quality time together outside of phone calls, Skype and e-mail. Hard to believe we’ve been friends for almost three years!

  • November 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm //

    Lovely story, and lovely dessert!

  • November 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm //

    It’s amazing what brings people together these days. This napoleon sounds like the perfect treat to serve to anyone new (or old!) in our lives =)

  • December 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm //

    Wow, Those are some gorgeous napoleons! Sweet story too. Blogging has allowed me to make some wonderful new friends that I’ve never met in the traditional sense!