Despite it’s grand sounding name, this is such a simple dessert to make, there’s hardly any real cooking involved, no measuring or weighing, and very little to go wrong!
Pack of ready-made puff pastry
Half a slab of 70% dark chocolate
Tub of Whipping cream (or double cream if you’re feeling naughty)
Rose water (optional!)
Makes around 8 desserts
The main beauty of this dessert is in the construction, prepping all the components is pretty simple. Firstly preheat your oven to 200ºc and roll your puff pastry into a roughly rectangular shape, around 1cm thick, on a surface dusted with icing sugar.
Grab your chocolate and cut it into rough shards, just run a knife through it until you have smallish bits. Sprinkle the chocolate over half of the pastry, fold the pastry in half and roll again into a rough rectangle. Finally, fold and roll a second time to around 1cm thick. Now, cut your pastry around the edges to remove the fold lines… I didn’t do this, and you’ll see why I’m telling you to do this later on! Cut the pastry into smaller rectangle pieces, this isn’t an exact science, and it basically depends on how big you want your dessert to be, I went for a custard slice sized pieces (approx.10x5cm)!
Arrange these pastry rectangles on a baking tray, sprinkle them all with icing sugar, and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden.
Whilst they’re baking you can get the other bits and pieces prepared. Slice your strawberries, leave your raspberries whole. Whip your cream, I added a little rose water to mine for a fragrant flavour, but there’s certainly no need for this! If you like, you can add sugar to the cream for sweetness.
When the pastry’s ready, take it from the oven and allow to cool. When they’ve cooled, pull the top off, it should come off quite easily, this is why I told you to trim it earlier, not doing so would make it super difficult to prise the top and bottom apart!
To construct the Mille Fuille sprinkle the pastry base with a little icing sugar if you want a bit more sweetness, then add a layer of cream, then strawberries and raspberries, a final layer of cream, and then the top. Finish off with a dusting of icing sugar!
Super simple, and super tastey!