Perhaps the people that had problems with this and hated it, are inexperienced with baking or the traditional napoleon (mille-feuille). It's not a highly flavourful dessert-it's puff pastry and cream! Simple, and rich. Most of the major grocery stores, here in Canada at least, sell frozen puff pastry in pre-rolled sheets (I like the President's choice pastry). Thaw, unroll and bake (probably at a higher temp than 350 degrees, but read your package!). The pastry cream is simple to make, and very good. I couldn't be bothered icing the sides, just iced the top. I don't feel good about eating raw egg white, and didn't have any pasteurised whites, so mixed my icing sugar with milk instead-just enough to make it spreadable. Instead of using artificial colour, I mixed in a bit of melted chocolate into the icing for my stripes instead (cocoa probably would have been the better way to go though, consistency wise). Over all, a very good recipe.
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Perhaps the people that had problems with this and hated it, are inexperienced with baking or...