A traditional Napoleon features layers of buttery, flaky-crisp puff pastry sandwiching cool, dreamy vanilla pastry cream—but we're happy to break tradition if it means adding chocolate to a dessert. And while we were breaking traditions, we decided to create an intriguing flavor profile by also incorporating lavender.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
Both chocolate and lavender can take over a dessert, so we started by making a balanced chocolate-lavender pastry cream. We found that steeping a small amount of lavender in half-and-half and sugar from the start and straining the lavender ...