Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mille-Feuille with Summer Berries (Sarabeth's Bakery)

When Lena from Frozen wings suggested mille-feuille for our bake-along with Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, I scratched my head and asked what is this...

Accordingly to Wikipedia, mille-feuille means a thousand leaves in French. It is like a vanilla or custard slice which is also known as the Napoleon. Traditionally, a mille-feuille is made up of three layers of puff pastry, alternating with two layers of pastry cream (or crème pâtissière in French).

For our bake-along, I'm making three mille-feuille with summer fruits to serve my family of three...

Mille-feuille summer berries Sarabeth's Bakery
Mille-feuille with summer berries
My mille-feuille are very simple to make and contain these berries.
Originally, I want to use our home grown blueberries to serve with my mille-feuille but see here!!! Our berries were eaten by a boy and some random birds too quickly before I can harvest them!!!
Now, back to baking ...
First, I have to make my puff pastry just like the one that I had made for my apple turnovers.
The pastry is weighted with a second pan to create not too puffy bakes.
These smell very buttery and yummy!
Making the pastry cream.
Cover with plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream. Chill.
Before assembling, stir whipped cream into the chilled pastry cream.
Cut and combine the berries
Trim the pastry to expose the flaky layers
Stack them accordingly!
Bon appétit

Merci to our bake-along and Lena's suggestion.

I'm glad that I have learned well to make this beautiful French dessert. Plus, my 5 year old boy has also learned well to say "bon appétit", "Je te aime" and "ooh la la" because these are all that we said when we had our dessert.

Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from the book, Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours.

Please note that the original recipe makes 6 but I have made 3 here.

Serve 3

all-purpose flour, for rolling the dough
250g puff pastry, please here to make your own puff pastry
About 250g summer fruits, like fresh blueberries and diced strawberries.
You can also use fresh raspberries, blackberries, diced kiwi or anything seasonal fruits if you wish.
pastry cream (please see below)
1/2 cup whipped cream (You can use the fat reduced one like the one I used)
Icing sugar to dust

Preheat oven to 400°F or 180°C fan forced. Line one large baking tray with baking paper.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the puff pastry into a large rectangle with 5mm thickness. Using a knife and a ruler, cut the pastry into 9 rectangles in equal size. Arrange the pastry rectangles very closely on the prepared tray. Pierce them well with a fork. Top the pastries with another piece of baking paper and a second baking tray to weigh the pastries down. Bake for 15 mins.

Remove the second baking tray and the top layer of baking paper. Continue baking until the rectangles are crisp and golden brown, about 15 mins more. Cool completely. Using a knife, trim the edges of the baked pastries to expose the flaky layers.

Combine the fruits in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To make the pastry cream:
3/4 cup milk
1/4 vanilla bean or 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
2 large egg yolks
40g caster sugar
10g corn flour
Please note that this amount can be slightly excessive to serve 3 but personally, I think it is ok to make this extra amount as the leftover can be consumed with fresh fruit as a dessert on its own. Yum!

Pour the milk into a small saucepan. Split the bean lengthwise and add it to the saucepan. Squeeze the vanilla seeds from the vanilla bean or simply add vanilla paste into the milk. Bring the milk mixture to a simmer over medium heat.

Meanwhile, whisk the yolks and sugar together in another heatproof bowl until the mixture is pale yellow. Whisk in the corn flour. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

Whisk constantly over medium heat, being sure to reach into the corners of the saucepan, until the pastry cream comes to a full boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 min. Continue whisking until the cream begins to thicken, about 1 min more. Discard the vanilla bean if required. Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the cream. Cool completely.

To assemble the mille-feuille, whip the heavy cream in a chilled medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Alternatively, you can use the ready-to-use whipped cream like the one that I used. Fold in the whipped cream into the pastry cream gently with small batches to lighten it.

Place a puff pastry strip on a dessert plate. Top with a dollop of the pastry cream and a spoonful of fruit. Top with a second pastry strip, more pastry cream, and more fruit. Finish with a third pastry strip. Sift icing sugar over the top and serve immediately.

Happy Baking
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  1. aww I love your dessert Zoe. I noticed y6ou love berries like I love too!!

  2. Good morning Zoe ! Boy, this looks absolutely inviting. How I wish its my breakfast right now. haha... Hope I can plant some blueberry plants of my own. Looks awesome.
    Hope you're having a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  3. I like the word Mille Feuille, but I still call it puff pastries, hehe.. Usually I buy tuna puffs from the bakery, but there's one type of puff I like from Delifrance, the one with mushroom and cream inside, yummzzz.. I love your Mille Feuille, look at those creamy custard oozing out, the higher, the better, I can finish the whole thing, no issues..I will name it my messy tower Mille Feuille :)

  4. i love mille-feuille.. because they are both pretty, and yummy.. just too much labour involved... sigh.. i guess good food takes time huh? i'm grabbing' a seat early with ya today for afternoon tea ;)

  5. It's good to read your blog everyday to be reminded of the start of new baking challenges! Yay to this pretty dainty dessert! Let me scurry along to hunt for recipes. :D

  6. Yum! Now how do you bite into that gorgeous layers without it crumbling into pieces? :P

  7. Zoe,
    Happy 2015! Mille Feuille with custard cream and berries is my all time favourite :)

  8. This looks so yummy. I am in for this bake along, just can not resist :)

  9. Wow your mille feuille looks delicious! I love mille feuilles too, only find it very messy to eat it!

  10. This is a seriously delicious indulgent dessert! I'm actually about to do some mini chocolate and sugar cinnamon croissants later today with premade puff! I love the fruit and cream custard sauce you much like a yummy schnitzel!

  11. What a beautiful dessert! It's so cold here, that fresh fruit is making me wish for spring already! :)

  12. Happy New Year Zoe...I love the simplicity and the elegancy of this dessert...especially with fresh berries...
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

  13. Hi, Zoe, just stopped by to wish you and your family the best for the year 2015. The mille-feuille with summer berries looks so delicious and moreish.


  14. What a beautiful dessert and it always impresses! Gorgeous, Zoe!

  15. Zoe, how lovely that you grow your own blueberries! Your summer berries are so pretty and they are very expensive over her. Gosh, wish that I could taste your mille feuille as it looks so tasty!

  16. hi zoe, this elegant dessert isnt too difficult to make right? ..kudos again for taking the effort to make your own pastry!

  17. Hi Zoe,
    Bon appétit ! Lovely dessert, like it with custard cream and berries ^-^!

  18. The dessert looks awesome! Your berry plant is so fruitful.

  19. Happy New year.......Zoe The puff pastry is so perfectly made.......The Mille feuille looks so amazing and yummy....I feel to crunch it now..... :)

  20. Oh My God, it looks so yummy, I can't wait to Spring when I'll be able to make it with fresh fruits :)

  21. Your mille-feuille is wonderful!

  22. Hi Zoe,
    I love your mixed berries in there! And you even have your own blueberry plant!
    These elegant dessert do not look so elegant when I bite into them! haha! But nobody is complaining, we are busy savouring them!

  23. You made puff pastry from scratch?
    You are a baking goddess, Z!
    These look crazy delicious!

  24. What a delicious post, Zoe! It's always so nice when your son takes part in your creations. It sounds like he did a mighty fine job "protecting" those berries, lol...

    I see you made your puff pastry from scratch. Well, you know that's not happening here, lol...Your Mille-Feuille look delicately delicious. I would love to be in the same room when you and your family take your first bites!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe...I can tell it's going to be a tasty new year!!!

  25. Happy new year Zoe!! Your Mille Feuille is amazing! Hats off to you with the patience to make your own puff pastry! I will never attempt to do that, but always admire people like you! lol!

  26. Happy New Year, Zoe!!! This dessert is a showstopper! So beautiful and delicious :)

  27. i made puff pastry before, result was it fail to puff up. kinda sad..... :(

  28. Zoe , I'm gonna try your homemade puff pastry sometime ! I went to one of the baking supplies store here yesterday and very tempted to buy Pampas puff pastry but the price turned me off . All I can say is that your mille feulle made me sigh , several times lol

  29. We love mille feuille but always just use store bought pastry cos it's just way too hot in my kitchen to make it. Looks great Zoe!

  30. Happy New Year my friend! This dish is beautiful, one of my first desserts made in Food Tech :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  31. awwww looks so tempting! i want to try it out!

  32. This is certainly some tasty treat to kick off the new year, Zoe. Happy Monday, dear! xoxo

  33. Hi Zoe, I'm drooling just looking at your Summer Berries French custard pastry! So tempted to join the bake-along, let me try find time to do this and hope to be in time!

  34. Zoe, I love mille feuilles!! Especially with yummy pastry cream and fruits. I've never dared to attempt pastry, not to mention mille feuille. It's super finicky to me. You made it look super easy peasy. Now I'm tempted to want to try and make it someday :)

  35. I like the berries combination. I love mille Feuille and don't know why not many bakery cafés have them,

  36. Yum! I love mille-feuilles! Lucky you to have all those delicious berries around.

  37. Hi Zoe,
    I love your cute little blueberry plants.
    It's a pity that the berries over here is so expensive and they not fresh some more sometime.
    Your Millie Feuille look with summer berries looks YUM!

    I have just baked mine 2 days ago. Will post it today.

  38. Hi Zoe,
    Your Millie Feuille looks awesome with summer berries!
    That blueberry plant is so cute. Such short plant bears so many berries!
    Credit goes to little Ryan who help to shhh! The birds
    I have baked my Millie Feuille, will post it today :p

  39. so mouthwatering and perfect.. hoping for a bite

  40. Very pretty! Love to have it right now but blueberries and strawberry are pricy this time of year.