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Napoleonka / Kremówka – Polish Custard Cream Pie

Posted on: 24th Oct 2012

kremówka Polish vanilla custard pie


for the pastry

  • 250g of unsalted butter
  • 300g soured cream / thick 18% cream
  • 2½ cups of plain flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • icing sugar – to decorate

puff pastry filled with vanilla custard cream

for the cream

  • 6 cups / 1½ litre of whole milk
  • 125g / ½ bar of unsalted butter
  • 1½ cup caster sugar
  • 5 packets of vanilla sugar (5g each)
  • 4-6 whole eggs (4 large, 6 if small)
  • 4-6 egg yolks
  • 8 tbs plain flour
  • 8 tbs potato flour

Napoleonka Kremówka


  • 2 large baking trays
  • 2 sheets of baking paper
  • large mixing bowl
  • manual whisk
  • large jug
  • large pot to prepare cream
  • spatula
  • rolling pin

vanilla custard slice


  • To prepare the dough mix quickly while still cold cream, flour, salt and chopped butter.
  • Knead only until well combined, dived into two balls and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or even better overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (374°F).
  • Remove both pieces of the dough from the fridge, roll out on baking papers as much as you can trying to keep the shape of the tray.
  • Share one of the doughs into even rectangular shapes, you should be able to divide it into 12 or 16 slices, leave the other one (for the base) uncut.
  • Bake both of them for about 20 minutes.
  • In meantime prepare the cream boiling 4 cups of the milk with vanilla & caster sugars and butter.
  • In a jug combine eggs, egg yolks, flour and left over 2 cups of milk whisking everything until well combined.
  • Gradually fold in egg mixture into pot with milk, continue boiling and stirring with a whisk until cream is smooth and starting to get thick.
  • Leave aside and let it cool down.
  • Remove the dough from the oven and let them cool down.
  • Spoon out cooled down cream onto the base layer (the one that is not cut) of the pie, top with precut pieces, sprinkle with icing sugar and place in the fridge for couple of hours.
  • Slice with a very sharp knife following the cuts on the top layer of the pie.
  • Serve with some unsweetened tea or coffee on a side.

Make 12 generous or 16 smaller portions.

Polish custard cream pie


Napoleonka is cake very popular in Poland and it has origin in French Mille-feuille, vanilla custard slice also called Napoleon pastry.

If you don’t have time to prepare the dough it can be replaced with not too salty crackers.

Margot DOLEWSKA DYERMargot DOLEWSKA DYER is Brighton based blogger dedicated to crafts, recipes, reviews, food styling and photography. She is also behind 416 Studios specializing in web design & photo retouching. You can connect with her via Google+.

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  1. Here we have something similar in Belgium . This looks so good.

  2. That looks really yummy and I think I’ll try to make it before Halloween because then I can add it to the Halloween dinner.

  3. Looks beautiful this cream pie Margot…and yes I would love a generous slice with a cup of tea :)
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week!

  4. That looks utterly delicious!

  5. Any reason why the recipe switches between metric (grams) and imperial (cups)?

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