Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Strawberry Mille Fuille Tower / Puff pastry

Naughty but nice...be warned! These little darlings are scrumptious and very hard to stop at one...
As you take each mouthful you are taken to a place of pure ecstasy. Life is short, so pleasures like these must be enjoyed - at least occasionally. The good news is these are super easy to create and are dressed to impress!

Strawberry Mille Fuille Tower


Puff pastry (thawed sheets)
1 cup thickened cream
1-2 tsp caster sugar
(depending on how sweet you want it)
punnet strawberries
2 drops vanilla essence 
icing sugar (for dusting)

Wash strawberries. Cut them in half and then make thin slices. Place into bowl, cling wrap and set aside
Take sheet of puff pastry and place onto clean work bench that has been dusted with lots of caster sugar
Roll out pastry with rolling pin to about 1-2mm thickness
Cut out 5-6cm discs and continue until you have got the desired amount, repeating steps with more pastry sheets. You will need 1 1/2  pastry discs per tower
Preheat oven to 210 degrees
Lightly grease oven tray and place discs on tray sugar side up
Discs will rise (puff) when cooking
Cook until slightly golden - about 10 mins, maybe less, so keep an eye on them
Meanwhile, whip your cream with a beater or whisk (beater easier). Add caster sugar to and vanilla essence to cream. You are now ready to thicken your cream. Beat until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over beat as your cream will turn into butter
Remove pastry discs from oven
Allow to cool
Gently slice discs in half. When building towers make sure you use the top off pastry discs for tops and bottom of pastry for base
When building towers don't go overboard with cream, otherwise your tower will collapse and not stand upright
Spread cream onto base disc 1, top with slice strawberry, top with disc, gently place cream on disc, top with slice strawberry and place final disc on top
Plate up and continue your process of building your towers
Your last step is to dust the top of your towers with icing sugar. You can do this by placing some icing into a strainer and lightly tapping over your towers



Vicki Bensinger said...

This looks delicious! I made something similar as well for Valentine's Day. It's light and luscious!

Kristy and Adam said...

Thanks Vicki! They are super delicious and relatively easy to handle with your hand and mouth :).

Foodiva said...

Hiya! Thanks for popping over to my blog and leaving your kind comments :). It's been too long since I last had mille feuilles and I love your tower adaptation here! I've just had a handful of strawberries for breakfast so I guess the next batch will be for tea later (enveloped in puff pastry and cream, of course!).

Btw, if we lived closer, we could go have foot massages together and have a good natter ;).

Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com said...

Hi Kristy, I just started following Vicki's blog (see first comment) and was surprised that she made something similar to valentine's day! It looks very tasty and what a treat for that special occasion.

Kristy and Adam said...

Hi Maya! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your gorgeous comments! Strawberries and cream are a match made in heaven :). And yes if only we lived closer, I would most certainly join you for a foot massage!

Kristy and Adam said...

Hi Eva, this recipe is so popular and the perfect dish to make on Valentines day :). I love Vicki's recipe using raspberries YUM.