Napoleones is a pastry that’s always associated with the city of Bacolod, which is considered to be the ‘Napoleones capital’ of the Philippines. Well, nobody ever says ‘Napoleones capital’, I just thought it sounds cool like that. What I’m trying to say is the Napoleones in Bacolod is like no other.
Unfortunately, this Napoleones isn’t from Bacolod, but right here in Iloilo, from the always-reliable Tinapayan bakeshop. However, it doesn’t mean that this Napoleones wasn’t good, because it was amazeballs. Speaking of Tinapayan, I took this picture while we were in line at the bakeshop and I had to take a quick shot because it was our turn to pay. So sorry for the absence of close up pictures.
Napoleones is a layered puff pastry with a custard filling and glazed with sugar (in this case it was also topped with chocolate). I’ve researched about this and it seems that Napoleones is very similar to the French pastry mille-feuille, and might even possibly be adapted from it, as mille-feuille outside of France is called napoleon.
If you’re in Bacolod, please do not, under any circumstance, miss out on Napoleones. The recommended shops that sell Napoleones are Virgie’s and Roli’s. In Tinapayan, Napoleones costs only P16.00, so there really is no excuse why you can’t buy one (or five) of this piece of heaven.