Mille-Feuille - Patisserie Valerie


Mille- Feuille always steals the show!

The first official recipe goes back to 1651, when François Pierre La Varenne published the instructions in his cookbook - this is the very first time we see Mille-feuille. Traditionally, you should have three layers of pastry with two layers of pastry-cream sandwiched in between. The top can be sprinkled with confectioner's sugar or delicately iced with fondant icing striped with chocolate, which is then combed to give that beautiful distinctive feather pattern associated with this particular treat.

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How would you describe Mille - Feuille?

Other than HEAVEN...
One thousand sheets, layers or leaves. It's crispy, flaky and decadent in all the right places!

What is the difference between a Napoleon and a Mille- Feuille?

Mille-feuille is very similar to the Italian dessert, Napoleon. The main difference between the two desserts is that a Napoleon is layered with almond paste instead of cream. A traditional mille-feuille will consist of three layers of puff pastry alternated with two layers of pastry cream

Not to be confused with a Custard Slice either!

A vanilla slice is usually a very thick slab of custard sandwiched between two thin puff sheets. A mille feuille is more decorative, could have multiple custard (or diplomat cream) layers and looks very sophisticated. It is one of the simplest things you can make with a puff sheet, yet looks so elegant!

"Meel Foy!" But don't sweat it, everyone can enjoy this slice whether you can say it or not!

How do you cut yours?

Some people just like to cut into them with a sharp knife and hope for the best, others lie the mille-feuille on its side and go for it from the side, and there are even those who like to dissect it layer by layer, nibbling the pastry before laying into the cream!

Mille- Feuille Varieties 

The classic marbled mille-feuille with its fondant icing and generous layers of pastry cream dominated for a while. But now, bakers are being more creative. Today, the mille-feuille exists in an infinity of shapes, flavours and colors. Pink strawberry mille-feuilles, green matcha or pistachio mille-feuilles, blueberry honey or baklava mille-feuilles…

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