Classic French Pastry: Mille Feuille

January 11, 2022

French pastry prepared with vanilla pastry cream and crispy puff pastry: Mille Feuille!

Mille Feuille is a light and creamy French dessert. It consists of layers of crispy puff pastry filled with rich pastry cream. A delicious taste with its buttery and creamy texture.

Try this classic Mille Feuille to accompany coffee or tea times at home. Serve with sorbet or ice cream. Enjoy your meal.

Mille Feuille: French Napoleon PastryPhoto By Canva
Taste Score: %88
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 40 mins

Tips

  • You can prepare the cream filling in advance and refrigerate it until use. If it gets thicker or blob up, whisk it or blend it using a hand blender to get a smooth consistency.
  • You can use coffee instead of cocoa powder to change the icing flavor.
  • Garnish the dessert with icing sugar or cocoa powder. You can also add nuts or fresh seasonal fruits on top.
  • When cutting the puff pastry sheet, use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter for finesse.
  • If you are making this dessert for the first time, it is better to use pre-made premium quality frozen puff pastry. It is convenient and gives a great result.
  • You can add different flavors to the cream. For instance, add coffee liqueur for a coffee flavor or lemon and orange zest for a citrusy flavor.

Ingredients

Directions

Puff Pastry

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add sugar and cornstarch. Whisk so that the two ingredients are well combined.
  2. Add egg yolks and whisk until you get a fluffy mixture.
  3. Heat milk in a saucepan and set it aside.
  4. Add about 2 tablespoons of hot milk and continue to whisk. Slowly pour the remaining hot milk and continue to whisk.
  5. Add vanilla extracts and whisk some more.
  6. Strain the mixture into a saucepan and place it on medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture starts to simmer and gets thick.
  7. Remove the pan off the heat and add butter. Mix so that the butter melts and is well incorporated. Let the mixture cool down a bit.
  8. Transfer it to a bowl, wrap with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator until it is chilled.
  9. Thaw the puff pastry, unfold the sheet, and place it on a floured surface.
  10. Use a sharp knife. Cut the pastry sheet into 2 by 4-inch rectangles.
  11. Place the rectangles on a parchment-lined baking tray at least 2 inches apart from each other. Place another parchment sheet on top of the rectangles and place the baking tray in a preheated oven at 400 °F for about 10 minutes.
  12. Once done, take the baking tray out of the oven and transfer the rectangles onto a cooling rack.

Icing

  1. Prepare the icing by whisking the 1 ½ cups of confectioner's sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a bowl until it has a thin consistency.
  2. Pour half of this mixture into a separate bowl and add cocoa powder. Add a dash of milk is necessary and whisk until everything is well incorporated and you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Transfer the white and chocolate icing into separate piping bags with round or star tips.
  4. Add heavy cream and 1 ½ tbsp powdered sugar in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks are formed, and you get whipped cream. Pipe it into a plastic piping bag.
  5. Take the cream out of the refrigerator and whisk it until it is smooth. Pipe it into a piping bag as well.

Assemble

  1. Assemble the dessert by placing four puff pastry rectangles in front of you on a cooling rack. Create patterns of the rectangle using white and chocolate icing. You can create a marble effect or a zig-zag pattern using a toothpick. Feel free to use your imagination.
  2. Pipe the pastry cream between the six layers of puff pastry. You can adjust the number according to your liking. Place another piece of puff pastry on top of it and pipe dollops of whipped cream on it. Place the decorated puff pastry rectangle on top. Repeat this process until you get four pastries.
  3. You can garnish it with mini chocolate chips and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Mille Feuille: French Napoleon Pastry
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories643
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26.7 g34.2%
Protein 8.3 g16.6%
Cholesterol 175 mg58.3%
Cholesterol 175 mg58.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Mille Feuille?

The term Mille Feuille means a thousand layers. Its classic French dessert is made from flaky, decadent, and airy puff pastry layers. Each layer has custard and whipped cream in it. It is like a tower made from super flaky old-school French puff pastry. This dessert is one of the oldest desserts in French cuisine. The first-ever recipe for a Mille Feuille came around the 16th century. This dessert is a blend of smooth and delicious cream and a very light, airy, and crispy pastry.

What Is The Difference Between Mille Feuille And Napoleon?

Mille Feuille And Napoleon have few prominent differences between the two that set each of them apart from the other. These are:

Origin: Mille Feuille is a French dessert, whereas Napoleon is an Italian dessert. The two might seem the same, but they have originated from different regions and are a part of different cuisine.

Filling: Classic Mille Feuille uses cream as filling, whereas Napoleon’s filling is an almond paste.

What To Serve with Mille Feuille?

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Mille Feuille:

How to Store Mille Feuille?

You can store the leftover homemade Mille Feuille by placing it in the refrigerator. It will last for up to 2 days. The more you keep it in the refrigerator, the sooner it will start to lose its texture. The puff pastry will absorb moisture from the cream and will turn soggy. So, it is better to finish any leftovers as soon as possible.

Moreover, you can store the elements separately in the refrigerator for up to a day. Make them in advance and assemble them just before serving.

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