Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Simple Strawberry Mille Feuille

Mille Feuille (French for Thousand Leaves) or a Napoleon is a pastry made with several layers of puff pastry alternating with sweet (and sometimes savoury) filling .The sweet filling is usually custard or pastry cream or sometimes simply whipped up jam.The savoury ones which are more modern has cheese spinach etc.I made a simple mille feuille using a vegan pastry cream from here and used strawberries as well.It was simple and as easy as it gets as I used store bought puff pastry and made only a simple layer layer like a sandwich.It was perfectly tasty but very very simple.

Puff Pastry: atleast 1 rectangular sheet
Strawberries: handful
Icing/Confectioners Sugar: few tbsp
Pastry Cream:(makes around 2-3 cups)
Soy milk:2 cups
All Purpose Flour: 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1/3 cup
Salt: a pinch
Vanilla: 2 tsp
Lemon juice (optional): 1/2 tsp

Pastry Cream: In a small bowl,whisk together flour,soymilk,salt and sugar.Cook it on low fire,stirring continuously until thickened for 5-6 minutes.Add remaining ingredients,whisk well and cook for an additional 1 minute.Remove from fire and then transfer it to another bowl where it can quickly attain room temperature.Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap such that the wrap touch the cream within the bowl.Once the the cream attains room temperature,refrigerate overnight or for several hours till it cools completely.

The recipe from which I adapted it uses lemon juice and lemon zest and makes a lemony pastry cream.Since I planned to use strawberries,I did not want the additional tartness of lemon in this,so I increased the vanilla and just added a tinge of lemon juice.You can avoid the lemon juice completely.Except for the sugar ,the recipe is vegan.This is actually a vegan equivalent of custard and can be used as a pie filling,fruit dip,fruit salad etc.

Mille feuille:
Cut the puff pastry rectangle(thawed as per instructions) into two halves.Place these on a baking sheet and top the sheet with another baking sheet of the same size.This prevents the puff pastry from puffing up during baking.Bake the bakingsheets in a pre heated oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until the puff pastry starts browning.Take out,remove the top baking sheet and puff pastry cool a bit.

Take a baked puff pastry half,spread the pastry cream on it.Top it with strawberries,sprinkle additional icing sugar on top of the strawberries,top it with another puff pastry sheet.Sprinkle some more icing sugar on top.Top it with more strawberries and icing sugar.Serve as a delectable dessert.

You can also check out the potato napoleon with cilantro pesto for a savoury and puff pastry less version.Do check out from the scratch chocolate mille feuille at Cannelle et Vanille.

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