Raspberry Millefeuille

For the final technical challenge of series, I had to make mille feuille. Which to be fair, I’d been meaning to make for a while. The rough puff pastry was made using frozen grated butter which was odd and turned my fingers into little icicles but that didn’t last too long. The result was an okay puff pastry but not my favourite ever. I prefer making a proper puff with like a block of butter put onto the dough.

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The recipe is Paul’s (though I’m not sure why – surely it should be Mary’s?) taken from here.

 Ingredients

For the rough puff pastry
  • 450g/1lb plain four, plus extra for rolling
  • pinch of salt
  • 75g/2½oz butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 180g/6¼oz butter, frozen
  • icing sugar, for dusting
For the raspberry jam
  • 200g/7oz raspberries
  • 250g/9oz jam sugar
  • knob of butter
For the sugar syrup
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
For the icing
  • 250g/9oz white ready-to-roll fondant icing
  • 125g/4½oz pink ready-to-roll fondant icing
For the Chantilly cream
  • 600ml/20fl oz double cream – I only used like 400ml and it was fine.
  • 50g/1¾oz icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste
  • 48 raspberries
 
Preparation method

  1. For the rough puff pastry, mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Rub in the chilled butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Gradually add enough water to form a dough (about 4-6 tablespoons water). I  needed more like 8T water.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle.
  3. Grate half of the frozen butter over the bottom two-thirds of the dough. Fold down the top third and fold up the bottom third as if folding a letter.
  4. Turn the folded dough by 90 degrees and roll it out into a rectangle again. Repeat the process of adding the remaining frozen butter and fold as before. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before using.
  5. For the jam, put the raspberries in a small, deep pan with the sugar and cook over a low heat until the sugar has melted. Bring to the boil and boil vigorously for 4 minutes, or until the temperature on a sugar thermometer reaches 104C (this is the setting point). Remove from the heat and stir in the knob of butter. Transfer to a large bowl and leave to set.
  6. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Line 3 large baking trays with baking parchment. Divide the pastry into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece to a 30x23cm/12x9in rectangle, about 5mm thick. Then place each pastry rectangle onto the lined baking trays and chill for 10-15 minutes. Dust heavily with icing sugar.
  7. Place a sheet of baking parchment on top of each sheet of rolled pastry and place a large baking sheet on top. Bake the pastry sheets for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp. Set aside to cool.
  8. For the sugar syrup, bring the sugar and 50ml/2fl oz water to the boil in a small pan and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  9. For the icing, roll the white fondant into a 20x15cm/8x6in rectangle. Roll the pink icing into a 10x15cm/4x6in rectangle. Cut the pink icing into 10 strips, each 1cm/½in wide and 15cm/6in long.
  10. Lay the pink strips on top of the white icing (the pink strips should be the same length as the short edge of the white rectangle), ensuring they are evenly spaced with approximately 1cm/½in between each strip. Roll over them with a rolling pin to fix the stripes in place.
  11. Cut out 6 neat rectangles from the striped icing, each measuring 12x5cm/4½x2in and with the stripes facing the same way, so the tops of the millefeuille match. Set aside.
  12. When the pastry has cooled, cut six 12x5cm/4½x2in rectangles of pastry from each sheet of baked rough puff, so you have 18 pastry rectangles.
  13. For the Chantilly, whisk the cream, icing sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Spoon into a disposable piping bag.
  14. To assemble, set aside 6 pastry rectangles. Spread a thin layer of jam over the remaining pastry rectangles. Snip the end off the piping bag and pipe a blob of cream in a corner of one of the pastry rectangles. Sit a raspberry next to it and continue piping cream with alternating raspberries until the pastry is covered. Repeat this process on the remaining the pastry rectangles.
  15. Sit the rectangles on top of each other so you have 6, double-layered pastries, topped with raspberries and cream.
  16. To decorate, brush sugar syrup over the reserved 6 pastry rectangles and stick the striped fondant rectangles to the pastry. Place on top of the raspberries and cream and brush with more sugar syrup to glaze. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
 
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So that’s it really. No more baking for me. I’ve packed up for winter… not. Planning on making a Bailey’s bread and butter pudding with croissants, chocolate and pecans. Will report back.

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