Saturday, January 17, 2015

Recipe: Strawberry Mille-Feuille Dessert

The first time I had mille-feuille was at Sage Restaurant in KL in 2009 and to date, it is still one of the best, most memorable desserts I've eaten there. Mille-feuille (sometimes called the Napolean) is a flaky, rectangular French pastry with a sweet filling, traditionally comprising of 3 layers of puff pastry, with 2 layers of pastry cream.



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.




Strawberry Mille-Feuille
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 13-15 minutes
Makes 6

Ingredients
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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15 comments:

  1. Had something like that at Cameron, took my breath away!!!

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  2. Yen , that mille feuille ( I know how to spell it now without cheating ! ) looks fantastic ! I can imagine myself sitting outside the coffee shop with several of your pretty delicious pastry ( with milky coffee , of course ) and watching people walk by :D

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  3. Hi Yen,
    Mille feuille is such an elegant and impressive dessert! It never fails to impress when served! Your mille feuille looks really yummy! I'm sure your kids are delighted!
    Thanks for linking and have a great weekend!

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  4. your version looks pretty much perfect! i've had some interpretations elsewhere where the puff pastry was too stiff/stodgy. this would be the ideal teatime treat, ya :)

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  5. Yen, it is such a pretty and elegant looking dessert!

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  6. Hi Yen! I used Pampas for my mille feuille too. You're blessed with a husband who cooks and bakes;-)

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  7. It looks fabulously delicious!!! :)

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  8. This is one of my favourite desserts-especially when the pastry is super crispy! :D

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  9. Awesome! mille feuille is not a common dessert here in Penang

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  10. Hi Yen,

    I can never imagine making this dessert until Lena mentioned this theme :p

    Yours look very elegant being also very light and puffy.

    Zoe

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  11. yes, this is simple to make and yet looks elegant dessert! all your family members can really bake!

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  12. Hi Yen,
    Your strawberry mille feuille look so inviting! Love have nice and thin your layer was, mine is a bit too tall and thick :p
    mui

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