Motorama Great Tastes Mandarin Napoleons

Posted by Jocelyn Hubbard
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This week’s market update comes from our partners at Brisbane Markets. This week expect to pay firm prices for beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, zucchini, leeks, parsnips, snow peas and silverbeet. 

You will still find cheap potatoes, onions and pumpkin while most other vegetables, such as celery, mixed quality sweet corn, imported asparagus, carrots, cabbage and brussel sprouts are reasonably priced.

Mandarins are the standout buy this week with sweet, puffy skinned Queensland imperials the standout variety.   

To take advantage of the fresh Queensland imperial mandarins in season, check out this Mandarin Napoleon recipe that scores 4.3/5 stars from   This is an easy recipe only taking 30 minutes to make. All you need to do is create the mouse while the pastry bakes then layer the mouse and pastry and finalise with mandarin garnish.

Ingredients to serve 8

½ teaspoon of Chinese five spice powder

2 tablespoons of white sugar

4 thawed filo pastry sheets

3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter

Cream cheese mouse

225 g of softened Cream Cheese

A squeeze of fresh lemon Juice

5 ml of vanilla extract

15 ml of orange syrup

¾  cup of icing sugar

2/3 cup chilled whipping cream

1 peeled mandarin


Icing sugar

Slices of mandarin


Filo pastry

1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 190C.

2. Whisk together the five-spice powder and 2 tablespoons of white sugar in a small bowl.

3. Cover filo with overlapping sheets of plastic wrap and a dampened kitchen towel to prevent it from drying out.

4. Arrange 1 filo sheet on a large baking sheet, brush with some butter and sprinkle with one third of spiced sugar. Add 2 more layers to the first layer in the same manner. Top with remaining filo sheet and brush with remaining butter.

Optional: For a corrugated look, invert a large rectangular cooling rack and place it on top of filo.

5. Bake until dark golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Carefully remove cooling rack (if using) and transfer filo (in 1 piece) with 2 metal spatulas to another rack to cool.

Cream cheese mouse

1. While the filo cools, blend together cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla, 1 tablespoon of orange syrup, and 1/4 cup of icing sugar in a food processor until smooth. Add remaining icing sugar in two additions, beating well to combine between each addition. Using the same beaters, beat the chilled whipping cream in another medium bowl until it holds soft peaks. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture in 3 additions. Gently fold in mandarins & mandarin zest. Cover and refrigerate.

2. Break filo with your hands or cut with serrated knife into 12 pieces. Arrange 1 piece of filo on a plate and top with a dollop of cream cheese mousse. Repeat layering and top with another piece of filo. Make 3 more napoleons in same manner. Dust with icing sugar, add a few long strands of mandarin zest, and a couple mandarin segments for garnish.

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