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Lazy Napolean Torte

I had this dessert at my aunt's house many years ago, and was thrilled to know that it was made with unsalted soda crackers, I have also tasted this with social tea biscuits. I couldn't say if I prefer the tea biscuits over the soda crackers, they are both good. It is a very quick and super easy dessert to make and the bonus is it taste like Napoleon Torte with out the effort of making all the thin wafers by hand if you don't have time. When you are making dessert for a crowd it can easily be doubled and tripled. A single recipe makes a 9x9 pan. If you do not have any Dr. Oetker's custard where you live, I suppose any custard could work. I should of paid careful attention to how many soda crackers were used, but if you have a box, just layer til your done.
I think about 1 1/2 to 2 packages should do.
  • unsalted soda crackers
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package of Dr. Oetker's Vanilla Pudding
  1. Beat eggs with a wooden spoon, add the sugar mixed with the pudding mix and beat again.
  2. Stir in the milk and cook over medium heat til the pudding thickens. It can also be done in the microwave.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
  4. Put a bit of pudding on the bottom of a 9x9 pan.
  5. Now begin layering the crackers with the pudding using enough pudding to cover the crackers. It should give you about 6 or 7 layers.
  6. Top the last layer off with some whipped cream or whipped topping.
  7. Let sit in the refrigerator over night or several hours so the pudding soaks through the crackers and softens them.


  1. i used to make this all the time. i got the recipe when i lived in canada. we used graham crackers. you don't really taste the graham cracker flavor in it either. it is quite good!

  2. I make this all the time but I use any of the instant puddings that I like. It's really good with the No sugar added white chocolate pudding and then I put a layer of raspberry pie filling in the centre then keep going. It's so good and so darn easy.

  3. I have never heard of such a thing and love easy peasy recipes. Will definitely try this one! SO glad you shared...

  4. This is delicious and easy to make, I made this dessert for a Christmas dinner with my siblings.

  5. Your dessert looks absolutely wonderful Char! Love the added lacy drizzle of chocolate. Sometimes the most unexpected and simple ingredient makes into a an elegant dessert. i've heard of this, but never had it. I will be sure to pull this one up very soon.

  6. You just made my day! I was off to make Judy's Danish bars for company tonight...but I have all the ingredients in my house...and now I will substitute those crackers and have some fun...I always have the pudding from Dr. Oekter...Those are marvelous ingredients.
    Here goes...I'll be back later to comment.

  7. My grandaughter thinks I am wonderful when I make 'cracker dessert'; its now her favorite. I use Bird's Custard Powder for the vanilla part, and often interchange it with Chocolate Instant Pudding, or Butterscotch is good too.It will keep for several days and even gets better the next day!

  8. This sounds kind of crazy fun! I don't know what that pudding is...wondering if it's special in some way that would affect the recipe. Makes me wonder about the Mennonite Girls Can Cook book...probably already to the printer but maybe for those of us not from Canada there could be hints on substitutes. I still wonder what the flavor of Farmer's sausage is. But you ladies make me drool with all the yummy recipes and how cool that the proceeds will go to such a wonderful charity.

  9. I can't help but wonder what happened to the good hearty winter main meals? I've had to laugh as I open MGCC these days - its all desserts and nummies... After attempting to cut down on them in the new year, I am SO TEMPTED to begin baking up a caloric storm...LOL

  10. Could I take the Mennonite out and use Devon cream from a can? Gayle

  11. Great dessert..I've made it using unsalted soda crackers and vanilla pudding in between layers and served it with blueberry sauce...yummy!!

  12. I've never made this and it looks great! What a fun result from those ingredients...

  13. This looks wonderful!! Being from Pittsburgh I have never heard of that custard, either. What size box are we talking?

  14. For those of you who don't have access to Dr. Oetker products,
    use a custard that you would need to cook, or a local cooked pudding package. If the pudding already is sweetened, do not add the sugar.
    If you are using a custard, that is not sweetened, follow the directions on the can. Also follow the instructions on the package with the amount of custard you would need for 3 cups of milk.
    Devonshire cream from a can? I don't see why not, just use enough. That is the beauty of these kinds of recipes, it is not as delicate and sensitive that it can't be changed up to use what is on hand.
    Pam, how can I explain farmer sausage to is a must taste to understand, but it would be a smoked sausage that needs to be cooked. HAPPY COOKING!

  15. Becky from Pittsburg, you would find Oetker products in import stores(like World Market) or in the import section of your grocery store. They are German products, but the Bird's custard or just plain vanilla cooked pudding would work just as well.

  16. YUM!!!! I will be trying this tomorrow afternoon! Thanks!

  17. Thanks AngAK and Charlotte. I will definitely check the import section at the store today. Sure glad you clarified not to use sugar if sugar was in the custard -sure would have had some SWEET napolean!!!

  18. Well, I had to work yesterday, rushed home from work, bought unsalted crackers, and whipped up this dessert in about 30 minutes.
    I served it to company later that evening and the loved it.
    Way to go Char! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe...I can't wait to have a piece with my coffee for breakfast this morning.

  19. This recipe is just the kind of dessert I was looking for. It was so simple to make, and so enjoyable to eat!