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Eggnog Napoleons Recipe

These individual pastry desserts featuring the flavor of eggnog are Christmasy and yummy. Plus, I can start preparing them ahead of time and do the assembly just before serving.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Confectioners' sugar and ground nutmeg

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a small heavy saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and nutmeg. Whisk in milk and rum. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute. Immediately transfer to a clean bowl; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool slightly. Press plastic wrap onto surface of filling; refrigerate 1 hour or until cold.
  • 3. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry; roll into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Cut into fifteen 4x2-in. rectangles. Place 1-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks; cool 10 minutes. Split each pastry into two layers, making 30 layers total; cool completely.
  • 4. Reserve 10 of the top pastry layers. Spread 1 rounded tablespoon filling onto each of 10 bottom pastry layers. Top each with a second pastry layer and another rounded tablespoon filling. Top with reserved pastry layers. Refrigerate until serving. To serve, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and nutmeg. Yield: 10 servings.