One of my favorite versions is the strawberry mille-feuille, which is the one Hubby recreated at home for us. For his strawberry mille-feuille, he used 1 sheet of Pampas puff pastry (a 1-kg pack comes in 6 sheets) which he cut into 1.5"x 4" rectangles and then baked in the oven for about 12-15 minutes until crispy and golden. Because they puff up quite a lot, he sliced them into half each for a nicer presentation. In between the puff pastry, we layered it with Crème Chantilly (vanilla-flavored whipped cream) and fresh Korean strawberries (in season now!). Dust with icing sugar or snow powder to finish.
Simple to make, but absolutely delicous and elegant looking. Love the light, crisp pastry against the soft, pillowy cream and fresh strawberries.
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 13-15 minutes
1 sheet ready-made frozen Pampas puff pastry, cut into 1.5" x 4" (approx.)
250g fresh strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
Icing sugar or snow powder, for dusting
For the Creme Chantilly
150g whipping cream
1/2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 200°C (fan-assisted).
2. Cut the puff pastry to size (you will get 9 rectangles), then place onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper. Place in preheated oven and cook for 13-15 mins or until the pastry is puffed and golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool.Once cooled, carefully slice each puff pastry into half with a sharp knife to make 2 thin pieces (now you have 18 rectangles).
3. Place the whipping cream with icing sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, whisk until stiff peaks. Put in fridge if not required immediately.
4. To assemble, place one piece of pastry in the centre of the plate, then top with some of the cream mixture. Lay some sliced strawberries on top of the cream, then top with another piece of pastry. Repeat with more cream and strawberries, then top with final piece of puff pastry. Dust with icing sugar or snow powder and serve.
|Dust with icing sugar or snow powder to finish|
Note: Leave the puff pastry to thaw for 5mins, then cut to size. It is quite difficult to work with once it has completely thawed.
* I am linking this to Bake-Along #73 (Theme: Mille Feuille) hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, Lena of Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids.
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