Mille-Feuille Is The French Vanilla Pastry Of Your Dreams

France is the land of cheese, red wine, snails, and frog legs. At least that's the common cliché as people outside of France view it. But if there's one culinary item that the French absolutely excel at, it's got to be their superb pastries. Arguably their most delicious dessert is the mille-feuille, which means "a thousand layers," and while this treat may not have quite that many layers, it certainly offers a thousand layers of tastiness! 

You'll Need:

  • sheet pan (8 x 12 inch or 9 x 13 inch)
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry (8 x 12 inch)
  • sugar

For the vanilla pudding:

  • 16 oz milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 1½ oz corn starch
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened

For the glaze:

  • 4½ oz powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate, melted

Here's How:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Turn a sheet pan over, cover it with parchment paper, and unroll the sheet of puff pastry. Cut off any protruding edges and sprinkle sugar on the dough.

2. Put a sheet of parchment paper on top off the puff pastry and place another sheet pan over the dish. Slide the pans into the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

3. Remove the puff pastry from the oven and let it cool down. Cut the sheet into 4 equal sections and place on a cooling rack.

4. In the meantime, prepare the vanilla pudding by heating the milk and vanilla bean contents together in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and let sit for about 10 minutes. Mix the egg yolks, sugar, and corn starch in a separate bowl and fold the contents into the vanilla milk. Stir the pot continuously over medium heat and finally add the soft butter. Mix well, remove from the stove, cover the pot with plastic wrap, and let the pudding cool down.

5. Once the pudding has completely cooled, spread it over 3 of the puff pastry rectangles.

6. To prepare the glaze, stir the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until smooth, spread the mixture over the last puff pastry rectangle, and smooth it out with a knife.

7. Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the glaze and pull a knife through it, as shown in the video.

8. Stack the 4 puff pastry rectangles on top of one another, with the glazed rectangle on top.

Now you don't have to travel all the way to France to try this popular dessert. It's actually quite easy to make and is simply "délicieux." Bon Appetit!

You can find the recipe for the Chocolate Éclairs featured in the bonus video here.


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