Recipe: French Puff Pastry Napoleon

This dessert looks fancy, but it's super simple to make.

No one’s quite sure how this layered, cream-filled dessert got its name. One legend says it was named by Russians after their army fought off an invasion by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. Others believe that it’s a mispronunciation of Neopolitan, meaning "from Naples, Italy," which is famous for layered treats.

However the goodie got its name, it sure is delicious! Here’s an easy recipe to try.

Text is excerpted from the National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver