Life and blogging have been busy lately. That, along with a bit of inherent laziness has kept me from completing the last few Daring Bakers' Challenges. When I logged on this month though and saw Mille Feuille, AKA Napoleons, I knew it was time to get back on the horse. Traditionally, a Mille Feuille is three layers of puff pastry which are weighed down during baking, keeping the 'puff' to a bare minimum, sandwiched with layers of pastry cream, topped with a thin layer of royal icing marbled with a bit of chocolate.
The recipes Suz provided us with for both the puff pastry and the pastry cream were awesome. I've made pastry cream before, but enjoyed this recipe better. As far as the puff pastry goes, I did NOT need to know that it was this easy. I expected a day of labour, like when we made croissants last September, but it was ready to use or freeze within about 2 hours, about 15 minutes of that actual hands on time.
Sadly, I didn't get any step by step photos of the pastry cream or the puff pastry and these recipes are so great I have to share them with you, so I'm going to give them separate posts over the coming month... having homemade, butter puff pastry ready in the freezer is going to be fantastic over the holidays.
Luckily we had a family dinner to attend last night, so the Mille Feuille had a good home and it didn't sit in the fridge tempting me... it was simply decadent.
I've said it before, if you enjoy baking you should become a Daring Baker, you don't even have to have a blog to do so, just a love for trying something new and daring.
Normally I end my posts with 'Enjoy' but since I haven't actually left any recipes, that would be a bit cruel. Instead, I'll leave you with a...
Have a great weekend!