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Thursday, 3 July 2008

Waiter, there's something in my... summer berry mille feuille!

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A mille feuille (also known as a vanilla slice or custard slice) is a great dessert to make in the summer, when there is an abundance of fresh fruits available. Our garden raspberries are ripening and the strawberries are sweet at this time of year, but the ingredient elevating this mille feuille to a super-dessert is the cream.
I really like the custard cream from this strawberry cream cake recipe, and while whipping the filling for this layered dessert, I had one of those rare (for me) eureka moments. White chocolate! Melted white chocolate in custard cream!

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Jeanne from Cook Sister!, is hosting this month's Waiter, There’s Something In My…. event, and she's asking for berry recipes. I hope she likes this as much as my family did!

Summer Berry Mille Feuille
A selection of fruit/berries - I used strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
White chocolate cream, recipe below
3 puff pastry sheets, or flaky pasty can be used instead


For The Pastry
500g all butter puff pastry,
Icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Pre-heat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

Roll out the pastry out to a square measuring roughly 12" by 12" (30 x 30 cm). If you don't have a baking sheet that is the right size, you can cut the pastry into 3 strips and bake them on separate sheets.

Place the pastry onto a baking sheet and prick the surface all over with a fork. Brush with beaten egg and bake for 10-15 minutes until nicely browned.

Cut the pastry into 3 equal strips, you can take a couple of millimeters off the edges to make them neater if you want. Dust with icing sugar and caramelise the sugar under a hot grill, or use a kitchen blow torch as I did. Caramelise both sides. Store the pastry strips in an airtight container until ready to use.


White Chocolate Cream
1 cup double cream
½ cup custard, good quality if shop bought
5oz white chocolate, melted

Whip the cream to soft peaks, then whip in the custard.
Melt the white chocolate and when it has cooled, fold it into the cream.

To Assemble The Mille Feuille
On your serving dish, place one strip of pastry (saving the best looking one for the top) and spread a quarter of the cream over it. Sprinkle with your choice of fruits, I used strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Spread with another quarter of the cream.

Lay another pastry sheet on top and repeat the cream/fruit filling. Top with the final sheet of pastry and dust heavily with icing sugar.
Place any leftover fruits around the edge and slice to serve.

(Printable Recipe)

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43 comments:

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Wow, you have the number 1 spot covered for this beauty. Love the custard cream, I took the short cut.

Aran said...

wow... this is fantastic nic!!!!

Robin Sue said...

I haven't made these since I lived in Europe. Why is that? I think I need to get some pastry and make these I have a bunch of strawberries waiting to be eaten. I am enjoying your site, just discovered it last week!

Alfie said...

Stunning Nic! - it looks absolutely beautiful. I love the addition of white chocolate too - very yummy!

Jules said...

This looks absolutely stunning and delicious. What is the gorgeous flower in the photo?

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love the look of this, Nic - puff pastry and berries together sound like an amazing thing.

Grace said...

well that's just gorgeous, and i have a sneaking suspicion that it's absolutely delicious as well. kudos to you!

Sue said...

Oh my Nic, that looks 'almost' to good to eat.
Well done on such a mouth-watering beautiful picture.

giz said...

What a gorgeous dessert - it looks like it was made with love.

LyB said...

Such a delightful summer dessert! I just love the colors in the photos Nic, beautiful!

Kevin said...

Puff pastry with white chocolate custard and berries sounds so good!

Ann said...

That is just gorgeous!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

SWOON....this is sheer torure Nic!! What a beautiful mille feuille (using the words for the first time)!!! I love your Eureka moment!!! Lost for words!!!

Maria said...

Wow oh wow this is absolutely perfecto!

Maria
x

nicisme said...

Nina - great minds and all that! I love that our desserts were so different, but equally yummy!

Aran - thanks!

Robin Sue - welcome and thanks! It's a great way to use up strawberries.

Alfie - thank you, you can't go wrong with white chocolate!

Jules - thanks! That is a nigella flower, but they are a bit like weeds in the fact that they have a tendency to seed and pop up everywhere!

Patricia - yes, it's quite a good combo!

Grace, Sue, Giz, LyB, Kevin and Ann - thank you all!!

Deeba - it's worth making one just to say the words 'mille feuille'!!!

Maria - thank you!

Helen said...

Oh, yum yum yum!!!! Those berries are abundant at the moment aren't they? and so hard to resist with a bit of chocolate. Beautiful photos too, as always.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mmmmmmm.... Really good, proper millefeuilles are so hard to come by these days. Can I have yours, please?

Miri said...

Nic, this is one great looking mille feuille!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Love this! The white chocolate cream sounds dreamy!

Lisa said...

That is just gorgeous! I absolutely love to eat desserts like this in the summer.

maninas said...

WOW - stunning! love the photos love the recipe even more! :D

btw, I'm organising an 'Eating with the Seasons' event! It would be great if you could take part, too!

http://maninas.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/event-announcement-eating-with-the-seasons/

maninas said...

that custard in particular - with cream and white chocolate - is genious! yummm god i want sth sweet now. your blog is a real temptation... and torture!

Margaret said...

This is my kind of dessert.
Almost impossible to eat without getting in a mess!
The mille feuille looks stunning.

Arfi Binsted said...

oh yum! very summery! i pass the waiter event this time as ours is deadly in winter season here hehehe...

Jeanne said...

I'm sorry, my brain stopped functioning when I read "white chocolate custard cream"...!

This is absolutely stunning - and I've been imagining the taste and literally drooling on ym keyboard. Love the nigella flowers too - they are perfect with this.

Thanks so much for a fantastic entry into this month's WTSIM - roundup to follow by week's end (I hope!!)

manju said...

That really is stunning! And to think you got another incredible dessert out of the "leftovers" from this -- we should all have such lovely leftovers!

Mansi Desai said...

oh, this looks fab girl! I haven't made these ever, but I've eaten them before, and they are divine! maybe its just the pastry part that's a bit scary for me:)

btw, I'd love if you could cook something healthy for my event this month!:) it doesn't have to be super-healthy, just "healthier" version of a regular recipe...details on my blog. I'm already thinking how I can do that for this stunning reipe of yours!:)

Kate / Kajal said...

if you ask me my most fav dessert in the world ... it'll have to be the mille fuille hands down !
I simply adore it, and wow ...your has white chocolate too. Very beautiful presentation . you've got my 10/10 for it ... now quick gimme a slice :p

Peabody said...

Looks so refreshing and Summery!

Raquel said...

Nic: That sounds great! Love fresh berries. I have given you an award, please drop by my blog to claim it! Much love - Raquel XO

nicisme said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

Lore said...

This looks lovely! I love the crunch of mille feuilles and with berries yum!

Cynthia said...

Ahhhh, there're more than just something in your berry mille feuille! I am drooling here at my keyboard.

Tartelette said...

I love a good mille-feuilles and yours is splendid! The cream is so soft looking in contrast to the berries! Well done Nic!

Marie said...

Just thought I'd let you know I gave you a Yummy Blogger award.

Jeanne said...

Oh my, I wasn't lying when I said my brain shut down when I read about the white chocolate custard cream!! Sorry about that & you are now added :)

Dragon said...

Oh, how lovely. Simply stunning and I bet it tastes amazing.

familiabencomo said...

Wow! This looks like a slice of heaven. I'm so jealous that you have berries in your garden (whaaa!). Everything looks & sounds perfect - the only thing missing is my slice! Great job..

xoxox Amy

Jude said...

This looks so delicious. Oh my. Great use of white chocolate, too.

Tulip said...

Loving your photos Nic....that dessert looks fab!

Just to let you know, I have tagged you, nip over to my blog and check it out!

Sophie said...

We'd like to invite you to participate in our July berry recipe contest. All competitors will be placed on our blogroll, and the winner will receive a fun prize! Please email me, sophiekiblogger@gmail.com, if you're interested. Feel free to check out our blog for more details. (Click on my name in the message header link to visit our blog. :)

Mansi Desai said...

wow, could it get any better than this??!! it looks amazing Nic, and is surely picture-perfect!:)

nicisme said...

Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments!