two beaters covered with cream cheese

The Latin Lover Napoleon – an easy version of a classic pastry

This napoleon recipe is the sweet finale to a night of seductive tapas

A night of seduction should end on a sweet note. I got the inspiration for my napoleon recipe with a Latin flare from Agavero tequila. One of my favorite spirits, Agavero is a tequila blended with aphrodisiac damiana flower.And it works brilliantly in baking.

This quick version of the traditional, French pastry uses tortillas for the layers. I love the simplicity. But don’t think because it’s easy that this napoleon recipe is lacking in flavor! I spice it up with both fresh and crystalized ginger. And if that’s not enough aphrodisiac for you, I add vanilla and cinnamon. If you like the flavor, you can garnish with a generous dusting of cinnamon.

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two beaters covered with cream cheese
Latin Lover Napoleon

End a Latin-themed night of seduction with this easy to make version of a Napoleon, flavored with ginger and cinnamon. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Napoleon
Dish Type: Dessert
Cooking Style: Baking
Ingredient: Tortillas
Created by: Diane Brown
  • 8- oz containers mascarpone cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Agavero tequila
  • 1 tbsp finely minced crystallized ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 8- in flour tortillas each one cut into two 3” rounds with a cookie cutter (yielding six
  • 3 ” rounds)
  • 1/4 stick butter melted
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon plus additional for garnish
  1. In a standing mixture, mix mascarpone, Agavero, crystallized ginger, fresh ginger and vanilla extract together well until fluffy.
  2. Using a whisk or standing mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold 1/2 of the whipped cream into mascarpone mixture, reserving 1/2 of the whipped cream for the top of the napoleon.

  3. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place tortilla rounds on a baking sheet and, using a pastry brush, brush evenly on both sides with butter.
  5. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until tortillas are a light golden color and crisp.
  6. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle evenly on the top side of the tortilla crisp, shaking off excess. Cool on a cooling rack.
  7. Assemble napoleons by placing one tortilla round on a dessert plate, smoothing two tablespoons of mascarpone mixture on top. Place a second tortilla crisp on top of mascarpone, and another 2 tablespoons of mascarpone mixture. Top with a 3rd tortilla crisp, a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  8. Serve.

View more of Diane’s aphrodisiac tapas recipes:

Fennel, Asparagus and Artichoke Bottom Empanadas
Mussels in Sailor’s Sauce
Quick Paella with Shrimp and Sausage
The Latin Lover Napoleon


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