Pistachio And Strawberry Mousse Mille Feuilles And A Giveaway

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pistachio Strawberry Mille Feuilles

I just laughed and giggled at all the comments about the Pistachio Creme Brulee Macarons from last week and your thinking that I can take Pierre Herme any day. Clearly an interesting idea but sadly one that will never take place because the man is king in the pastry department. I did get an email from Pierre Herme though, well ok, more precisely from La Maison Pierre Herme. And it was not personal at all. But I loved it all the same. It actually inspired me to make these Mille Feuilles filled with mascarpone, pistachio and strawberry mousses.

I like staying close to home by subscribing to French cooking magazine, watch French news feeds anytime I can, and also by receiving PH's monthly newsletter in my inbox. An attractive list of all the seasonal goodies coming up in his shops. And there it was, the whole PH House of Pastry, tempting with more amazing tastes and textures than before. I read it carefully and sighed at their current signature flavor: all PH's creations in pistachio and strawberry. The "Montebello" line was attractive and indeed perfectly seasonal, even for an expat like me, three thousand miles away from home.

Pistachio Strawberry Mille Feuilles

In my last post, I mentionned how a client needed an anniversary dessert with cherries and how I was not completely satisfied with their flavor yet. I care about my craft too much to keep silent if something is not 100% up to par. With a head filled of PH' Montebello desserts and a nose intoxicated with the fragrance of strawberry, I settled on creating something along those lines (no recipes come with the newsletter). A mascarpone - pistachio mousse sharing space in between two sheets of "rough" puff pastry with a mascarpone - strawberry mousse

I do receive a lot of cookbooks for preview and in March I received Pastry by Michel Roux. With little time on my hands, I figured his "rough" puff pastry recipe would be perfect to try for this dessert. As much as I love the process of traditional puff pastry, I was positively surprised at the results I got with this one. Flaky, tender, fast. Precisely what I need now that the heat is back. For the mousses, I made a simple mascarpone base and used half with finely ground pistachios and half with pureed strawberries, some whipped cream and that was it. Rich, light, flavorful all at once.

Pistachio Strawberry Mille Feuilles



If you ever want to master all sorts of pastry doughs, this is the book to get. Clear instructions with plenty of pictures along the way and a myriad of examples and recipes both sweet and savory to go along. His "rough" puff pastry yielded such great results that I decided to give away one of the two copies I have.

To win a copy of Michel Roux's Pastry (and who does not want a free book, especially on this fine Memorial Day weekend?), all you have to do is leave a comment between today, Sunday May 24th and Tuesday May 26th at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random by my better half. No anonymous comments please, just sign Zorro if you must.

Pistachio Strawberry Mille Feuilles

Two years ago: Gateau Saint Honore - Daring Bakers

Pistachio and Stawberry Mousse Mille Feuilles:
Makes 4

For the rough puff pastry, adapted from Michel Roux.
2 1/4 cups (300gr) all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup (300gr) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon (3gr) salt
1/2 cup (125ml) ice-cold water

Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add the butter and salt right in the well and work them together with the flour, using your fingertips, gradually drawing in more flour into the center. When the butter pieces have reached pea sized pieces and the mixture appears grainy, gradually add the ice water and mix until it is all incorporated. Do not overwork the dough. Roll it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
On a lightly flour work area, roll the dough to an 8x4-inch rectangle. Fold it into three and give it a quarter turn. Roll it into another 8x4-inch rectangle again and fold it in three again. These are the first 2 turns. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate again for 30 minutes.
Give the chilled dough 2 more turns, rolling and folding as previously described. The pastry is ready then. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
When ready to use, roll the dough to a 1/8- inch (3 mm) thick rectangle and cut out eight 4x2 pieces. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Dock the dough with a fork to let the steam out while baking so your rectangles will be evenly puffed. Bake at 350F until golden brown. (if they puff too much, cover with a sheet of parchment paper and place a small baking sheet on top). Let cool completely before filling with the mousses

For the pistachio and strawberry mousse:
8 oz (240gr) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (100gr) sugar
1/4 cup (30gr) finely ground raw pistachios
1/2 cup pureed fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups (375ml) heavy cream, kept cold, divided

In a large bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and sugar until completely smooth. Take half the mixture and place it in another large bowl. Add the pistachios to one of them and mix until incorporated. Add the pureed strawberries to the other mascarpone mixture. In a mixer, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold half into the pistachio mascarpone mix and the other half with the strawberry one. The pistachio mousse is probably stifff enough to be used right away but you might have to refrigerate the strawberry one until the mascarpone hardens a bit otherwise it might be too soft to pipe easily. Divide the mixture into piping bags fitted with medium plain tips (I use Ateco pastry tips) (or do the pistachio mousse first, wash your bag and tip and then do the strawberry one). Pipe dots of mousse onto half the puff pastry sheets, alternating the pistachio and strawberry. Top with another sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend...No barbecue for us but brunch with friends this year.

During Breakfast

362 comments:

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Anonymous said...

this pate feuilletee looks great !
Anis

Roberta Boyle Photography said...

I look forward to your new posts each time they show up in my blog list. Beautiful work.

Caanan said...

I really enjoy your blog. I wish I had the guts to make any of it, especially the macarons.

shaileelathe said...

Dear Helen,

My first time on your blog and it was a visual treat to be here. This recipe looks delicious, will try it out...and those pics definitely qualify for the food porn :)

Looking forward to more such recipes...keep up the good work.

Regards,
Shailee

PS adding you on twitter.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, aren't you the sweetest girl around? That is a book I'd love to have.
Helen, your creations are beautiful and you could go hand in hand with Mr. Hermé - and I can say that because I have tasted sweets from his store! :D

Mary said...

As always your desserts look very yummy.

mayan. said...

I thought for sure that by now I would be so sick of strawberries. I've been receiving strawberry-related treat requests for months and still have a bowl of them waiting in the refrigerator. But all your lovely strawberry posts and yummy ideas are keeping me in love with them!

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

That looks incredible!

MooCow said...

Beautiful, as always. Thank you for brightening my day!

Caprice said...

Any book by Michel Roux is a smart investment, so if you don't happen to win this wonderful gift, go to Amazon. The instructions in Finest Desserts are so clear and comprehensible, you'll feel like you can make anything. Almost as empowering as our Helene.

Cindy Ruth said...

I can't wait to try the recipe. I'm making home-made mascarpone this weekend, so it will be perfect. That dough looks so flaky. I'd love to have his book to try more. Another great recipe from you (but am I suprised-of course not!)

Bertha said...

your creation (and your picture) is always a perfection. Your blog is one of my must see every morning while sipping my coffee before going to work. And it always succeded in making me drool all over my screen :D

Andrea said...

My sister sent me a link to your blog a few months ago- I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

Nico said...

Hi Helen, those look terrific!!!
I would love to have that book, thanks
nico

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Beautiful photos and pastry! I would love to attempt to make my own pastry sometime. =)

Lina said...

strawberries and pistachios what is not to love!!!Love your blog. It give me lots of inspiration.

Elyse said...

Wow! This recipe looks incredible, and the pictures have my mouth watering. Those mousses sound out of this world. Talk about a wonderfully decadent treat! And what a wonderful and generous giveaway you're having!

Heather said...

Thank you for this yummy dessert.Helen, I wanted to ask you if you can do a step by step pictures for a dessert like the chocolate mango and coconut cream cake you posted on April 16.I wanted to try to make that dessert very much but I feel that the instruction for layering isn't clear enough for me.

anna said...

Those are gorgeous! I'm bookmarking this and will have to try the rough puff pastry - I have no problem making regular puff pastry but it'll be nice to have a quicker version on hand for when all the gorgeous stone fruits are in season.

Elra said...

Would absolutely thrill if I could win this book!

Janice said...

The quick puff pastry looks great. Can't wait to try it. Your photos are always gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pastries and stories with us. You are an inspiration to get into the kitchen NOW and start baking.

Karyne said...

Juste magnifique!!!

French Accent said...

Beautiful pictures, as usual! The pastel-colored mousse looks lovely!

Deborah said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors!

oneshotbeyond said...

just sitting here taking it all in...perfection is hard to take in through a comp screen.

Snooky doodle said...

oh this looks so good . Delicious! Your deserts are always so beautiful.

Laurel said...

That looks amazing! I'd love to win a copy of the book.

eatme_delicious said...

What a gorgeous pastry! I'd love to win this cookbook.

Alexandra said...

Divine! So very inspiring! My son saw the photos and exclaimed, 'Easter eggs, mama! I want some' I am very willing to try, but in the mean time, do you make house calls? ;) hee hee

butlerboi5 said...

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes. I've been reading your blog for a while and and this past weekend I made your Chocolate Mango coconut cream cake to take to friends for dinner. Everyone loved it. Looked impressive and tasted great. I'm definitely going to make your Pistachio And Strawberry Mousse Mille Feuilles, perhaps next weekend. Thanks again.

andrea said...

thanks for all the great recipes - if that was not enough - now a giveaway! i have been trying all year to branch out with my cooking/baking so this would be a help in the baking department. merci!

K 2 the AREN said...

This looks delicious! I am making your lemon thyme strawberry shortcake for Memorial Day festivities. The book looks fabulous!

Dajda said...

Hello, I've just found your blog through Cannelle et Vanille. I like baking a lot but I've never ever tried pistachio and strawberries together - it looks really interesting!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Wow I can only dream of being able to make puff pastry that looks so perfect! :D

Eléonora said...

There was a desire, admiring your beauty and say that life is beautiful ... bravissimo

Junglefrog said...

O my goodness... 198 comments before me... ?! Comment madness..:)) It must be your give-away I'm guessing. The mille feuilles look absolutely amazing! I love mascarpone in lots of different dishes but you always manage to make it look so elegant and beautiful.. Love it!

Nadia said...

Helen (and your better half)
Would love to receive a copy of a boook.

Love your blog and everything that you do for your readers and fans

Adi said...

I would loooove to win the cookbook.

Thanks for being so generous!!!


adiluria[at]yahoo[dot]com

steph said...

I'd kill for half your talent. These are beautiful and inspire me to want to do more in my kitchen :)

terri said...

gorgeous post!

thanks for doing the giveaway!

Maccaveggieblog said...

Hi Helen,
Everything you make looks so fabulous, it's a pleasure for the eyes to visit your blog:)) Bye Sabrina

Anonymous said...

Your photos just bring your fabulous desserts to life. Thank you for sharing your incredible works of art.
Martha
lrice33568@att.net

Shay said...

That is the prefect spring dessert! So light and colourful, I wish I had some here to eat!

janet said...

I would love to do just one creation that would be as beautiful as yours. Maybe with a new book...who knows, maybe I could. You are inspirational.

Katie said...

Your blog is an inspiration.

Briana said...

This reminds me of a carton of eggs - I imagine it would be a little heartbreaking to take the first bite and ruin the beautiful shapes and textures of this dessert!

lauriel said...

Your dessert looks exactly like spring - delicate, plump with promise, blushing pastel hues, and I'm sure, full of amazing flavor. Love it, and your photography techniques!

Andreia said...

hmm... looks delicious... can I have one...? ;)

Jenny Tan said...

Ooohhhh...Yummy!!! Looks so good as always. It's been a crazy month, and I'm itching to make something from your blog...not sure if I'd have the opportunity to so before my trip back to Malaysia with the kids for almost 8 weeks! :) Hope u had a great Memorial day weekend too! :)

Jayda said...

First Time commenter, what a great giveaway! And an absolutely heavenly looking pastry. Have a great Memorial Day!

Sophia said...

I hope I win! Link to my blog is above :)

Tara said...

I wish I was a mouse in your walls so I could come nibble on all these sweet treats that are so very beautiful!

lauraelih said...

I've been reading the blog for a while, but haven't left a comment before; I love all of your beautiful, creative recipes! I'll admit, sometimes I skip down to the photos just to stare at the desserts, and then go back and read the recipes later.

Eunice Chen said...

The dessert looks so pretty! With this kind of endorsement, how can I not want to enter?

Kathryn said...

You always have the most beautiful pictures in your posts, just looking at them makes me crave whatever you've whipped up (pun intended?) recently. :)

Sarah said...

Your posts are always an inspiration to try beautiful, challenging out-of-my-comfort-zone foods. Thank you!

EBJ said...

These look amazing!! I'll have to try.

Rosanne said...

Oh, these look amazing as do all your creations! Thanks for sharing!

Radka said...

Helen,
I have been following your blog and I just love your creations. I finally got the courage to leave a comment. If you have not heard it, your creations and photos of them are marvelous! Your post with mango panna cottas inspired me to make them, since it has been a mango season. I am very lucky to have access to fresh mangos. I wish I could send you some mango pure.

Loren said...

Found your blog last week and read through nearly the whole history! Enjoyed it so much that I tried two of your recipes this weekend-- The blackberry apple galettes were delicious! Would love to learn more through your generous giveaway!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

who wants a free box? ummm...i do! especially if it can help me to make desserts as beautiful as this! hope you had a great holiday weekend!

Duckie said...

wow so many comments already.

i'm from malaysia and i have a foodblog too.

love your blog to bits. tried some of your simpler recipes too.

monika said...

Your blog is beautiful!

morabbiton said...

this looks so delicious! thanks for the giveaway too. :)

Lori said...

It all looks wonderfully delicious. I love the strawberry "jewels" on top. I almost thought it was pomegranate. Very pretty. Your attention to detail is very inspiring.

Sarah said...

Your blog is an inspiration! I made your birthday verrines recently and they were so gorgeous. Would love a chance to win the book!

Jen Yu said...

How awesome is your baking, woman? Seriously! The delicate pillows of mousse are so dreamy. Your photos of your unique creations always make me forget that I am not a huge sweets fan! *tsk tsk* ;) -zorro... I mean, Jen *snort*!

lana said...

This post brings back memories of apprenticeship under the hawk eyes of a French patissier! I snuck one too many millefeuilles back in the day...

I would love to win the book so I can make my own ;)

Rex Olaviaga said...

That is a quick way of making puff pastry. I'm so use to making the paton. Thanks for posting. I'll have to give it a try.

Angie said...

I love your site so much. I am an obsessed baker and am constantly inspired by your creativity and talent!!

Hannah said...

I have been a silent follower of your blog for several months now, but the giveaway is just too enticing not to post.

Thank you for sharing another beautiful dessert!

Laura Evrard said...

Thank you for the recipe and the give-away prize!

Laura Evrard

Alison said...

Yum, what a delicious plan for some of those strawberries in my fridge!

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

These look divine. Fantastic pictures!

Jayme Duke said...

I would love to master all sorts of pastry dough!

This dessert you made looks absolutely incredible. I'm very much craving crunchy, flaky pastry right now!

Mari said...

Looks dee-lish! I must try this, just made a strawberry mascarpone tart with a chocolate short dough this weekend and loved it! I have more of the strawberry and mascarpone ingredients...can't wait...YUMMM!

Jo said...

I am blown off and I mean totally blown off! This has got to be one of the best ever, beautiful pictures and astounding presentation.

Chao said...

ooh, pistachio and strawberry.
yum! :)

Bonbon Oiseau said...

these are so beautiful helen! like little fairy beds!

Grimmy said...

This looks very tasty!! I will have to try it very soon.

Julie said...

I've always wanted to try a puff pastry dough, but have felt intimidated. Your pictures (and this book) have inspired me!

lauresophie said...

Simply beautiful (like the whole blog)
I am starving now!

^cherie said...

Yums!

My boys and i heart pastry everything! :D

Evelyn said...

I can't get enough of looking at this beautiful blog!

Kim said...

i love pastries!! and that book sounds fabulous.

ayşe said...

merhaba bloğunuzu yeni keşfettim harika tarifler ve resimler var.birde ayrıntılı resimler olsa çok daha güzel olucak, sevgiler.

Tina said...

You continually inspire me! You are amazing.
I am definitely going to make this - I LOVE PISTACHIOS!!!

Laura N. said...

These look beautiful! I love mille feuilles and the pistachio and strawberry mousse looks so delicious and smooth!

travelingwilbury said...

Hello there
I forgot to give you my email, didn't I? gaviota_uk2@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks!
Gabriela

Yienching said...

Fantastic combination of colours again. I've tried your Berry Mousse & Lemon poppy Seed cake verrines. I'm gonna try this one too... Simply gorgeous!

yjiean said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristin said...

Oh that just looks delightful and well a lovely image to set my Tuesday to!

panorth said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

RLL said...

Oh they're beautiful! I've never attempted rough puff before but will definitely be giving it a go now. Thank you! x

Jo Sun said...

Always love your blog. I just started to learn baking, it will be great to have a cookbook to start with,

oneordinaryday said...

Everything looks perfect and delicious. Your photography is stunning.

Jessica said...

Beautiful dessert. Love the colors of the mousses together!

Cassandra said...

If I were surrounded by books, they would all be cook books! This recipe looks amazing and I have to try it!

Advah said...

Just got back last night from visiting my parents in Provence/Cevennes, and I'm homesick to my stomach. Those gorgeous pictures of yummy puff pastry was what I needed to help me beat the homesickness, thanks again for cheering me up with your cooking!

Oh, and I must add that your madeleine recipe has now been adopted by the whole family! :)

okorolev said...

How yummy! i will make this for my birthday (which is coming up in 2 weeks!) so the pastry book would be a wonderful surprise. Helen, I hope that you had a great weekend. You really helped me out with meringues, i cant stop making them.

Aleta said...

My pastry work could use quite a bit of help!

Maja said...

Hello Helen,

Thanks for sharing all your baking experiences. Every morning I check to see what creative delicacy you have left for me to enjoy. If you approve of this book, I would love to own it.

Thanks agian

Cara said...

French pastries... be still, my beating heart.

Navita said...

WOW I must be lucky...to have read this in the nick of time. :)
Great click..almost crying out to be picked and devoured ...yum!

Wish I win this book...aaah! :)

Life out Here said...

Really very beautiful. I love the smooth texture paired with the flakiness of the pastry. And those colors are beautiful together!

flamegoddess65 said...

your goodies just blow me away. i aspire to make beautiful and tasty desserts just as you! thanks for the giveaway!

Rachelle said...

I've been stalking your blog for a couple months now, and what better time than now to leave a comment. I love your creations and recipes... an inspiration for a budding pastry chef making a career change (from science and patent law!).

Laila.S said...

Yum,that looks mouth watering good.Thank you for the delicious recipes your blog is my favorite.

Victoria said...

Wow! Thanks for the giveaway. Yours is my favorite baking blog - so creative and beautiful.

Jackie said...

Everybody loves a giveaway & I'm always looking for a puff pastry recipe! We live in the boonies in Alaska, so need to make most things from scratch :) Have any good recipes involving dried cherries??!

Kersten said...

Well, that book would certainly be aspirational for me...I would love to have it and "up my game" in pastry making with advice from the expert!

Thanks so much for all the great recipes and the chance to win this thing!

ssomerville said...

Love your blog! You are soo talented. Would love to win the pastry cookbook!

Jen said...

Oh Helen, your pastries look so beautiful as usual. Just what I need to see on a rainy day.

Kim said...

That looks amazing! You take such incredible pictures!

shalini said...

hey helen, these look awesome!must taste heavenly!yummmmmm!
:) you have a beautiful blog.

good luck!

Christina said...

Thanks for the recipe. I must try to incorporate marscapone more often although it's usually really pricey!

Capree said...

Oh, those look AMAZING! I would love to win this book as well! :D

B said...

Your blog makes me want to try new recipes. Thank you.

DJ said...

Hey Helen, You should have your own TV channel called Tarts. Then all of us would proudly be called Tartelettes.. (Like Sprout/ Sproutlets). sigh. Can you tell I have a 2 year old?! Honestly, I get withdrawal symptoms if I dont see a new post every time I check.

Lori W said...

As always, an intriguing combination and gorgeous pictures!

adli said...

I hope I'm still in time!! how I wish I could win the book!! hahaha

anyway, the strawberry and pistachio mascarpone cream looked really good!! I'll try making them soon!!

blooms said...

I love your blog! Thanks for the time you put into it. I have a question. Where do you get those neat little milk bottles you always photograph? I like the one you have the spread in above and in the first photo of your meyer lemon curd and chamomille vanilla mousse verrines. I love those and I can't find them anywhere. Thanks.

Michelle said...

Thank you for your fantastic website. I have had a passion for macarons for a while, and your website has given me a summer project - I will learn to make them. Now, the hard part is to choose which ones I shall try first. Your flavors are inventive and elegant. Great work!

REFA said...

LOVE YOUR BLOG AND EVERYTHING IN IT

Hayley said...

The desserts you dream up are nothing short of spectacular. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!

heather said...

i am addicted to your & jen's blogs and cookbooks...ANYthing recommended by either of you is a must, so a cookbook recommended by you is...well...a must-must have! ;o) thank you so much for such a fun offer for us adoring fans!

~ heather

Kim said...

Your site is always so inspiring, and your photos are always so clean and bright! I think I might have a new girl-crush!

These look absolutely delicious.

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness! You've done it! I'm going to attempt making my own puff pastry. You make it sound so simple and I must have the pistachio cream too!

thecookieshopinenglish said...

Absolutely beautiful picture of the breakfast table!

zentmrs said...

Love your blog! This dessert is just gorgeous! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Rik said...

I would love it! Thank you!

Margo said...

Yum! I'd love to have some more pastry recipes - I'm just getting into desserts.

Adrienne said...

Wonderful and beautiful post as usual! I would loooove to master more pastry skills!

Green said...

wow. This is wonderful recipe.
My sister love strawberry and mousse.
This would be great dish for her.

Thank you for sharing
-Green
www.ahacook.com

Jesse said...

I just came back from Paris where I ate many delicious flaky pastries, so I am jumping from toe to toe at the possibility of having this book!!!

Jennywenny said...

Mmm, that looks like a fun book, count me in. What a pretty dessert too!

Melanie said...

I'm a fairly new pastry apprentice, I tried my first official dessert this weekend, a Triple Chocolate Mousse and it was a mess. But I’m not giving up and I think I’ll try this one this weekend.

Laura B said...

You could totally take PH!

Anonymous said...

These look amazing! I'd love to learn more about baking and this book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Annie
thedixiechick1@yahoo.com

Kate said...

I am always so in awe of how beautiful your pastries are, and not a little intimidated, but fast puff pastry? Sign me up!

Back in the Day Bakery said...

I read Michael Roux's "Egg" and previewed "Sauces". I hope I win the "Pastry" book! I follow your blog everyday, have made most of your fabulous desserrts! I look forward to your cookbook! I am based in Paris and Atlanta and would love to visit you someday.

Stephanie said...

The book sounds great! I'd love to check it out.

DJ said...

Hi Helen, The book sounds fun! A fast way to make puff pastry?I'll take that! :)

pastry studio said...

Oh, I love mascarpone and fruit. This looks so delicate and luscious. Your work is always total perfection. Thank you, Helen!

Liz said...

Gorgeous as always! And I would love a copy of the book. Fingers crossed!

sprite said...

Ooh! We're just getting to strawberry season. I'll have to try making some macarons this weekend, maybe.

Maggie said...

Such gorgeous colors. :) Light pink and green. -drools-

The Prudent Homemaker said...

It's 10:01 pm here in Las Vegas; I don't know if your cut off time is for your time zone or not.

But if I'm not too late I'd like a chance!

I love your hemstiched linens in the shot!

Nico said...

Hi Helen, I tried the recipe for the mille feuilles and is really good, I mean is quick, easy I'm impressed with the results, thanks for shearing. I cut the stripes before to bake them and for some reason some of them did not kept the shape, meaning they shrink a little in some parts, do you have any trick or advice to correct that?
thanks
nico

Tartelette said...

Nico: problem is when you pre-cut is that your fingers automatically disrupt the doug, no matter how careful you are (even your knife cutting through). Couple of tricks: Freeze the dough for 20 minutes before cutting through and do not drag your knife or pastry cutter down through the dough. Apply pressure straight down with a very sharp knife. Freeze again until hard. Remove from freezer and carefully break the pieces apart. Place on baking sheet, cover with parchment paper and let thaw completely and proceed with the baking.
Hope it helps.

Nico said...

thanks Helen, I'll do it that way next time, I have to make 20 individual napoleons for saturday, I'll use this rough puff pastry.
thanks and have a safe trip to colorado, if you want to stop in houston you are welcome
nico

Taste of Beirut said...

Je trouve vos photos absolument parfaites! Vous avez tellement de talent! Je suis en admiration totale!
Merci!

Christine said...

Bonjour Helen!

Would love to be entered =) The mille-feuilles look delicieux!

Jaime said...

the colors are perfect for spring!

Paula said...

This looks divine

Anonymous said...

Every time I look at your recipes, I think of what it would be like to have you cater for a party I'd have, or something like that.

PATRICIA ROY said...

Hi, I found this blog searching for a recipe for my sister's birthday (which is today). I plan to use the strawberry mousse recipe here as part of her birthday surprise. Your blog has a lovely design. Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? Just let me know if not.

Ms. Macaroon said...

these look amazing, i'm excited to try it with a cardomon flavored mousse,

Carrie said...

Strawberries and pistachio are two of my favorites! It is delighting to see this, a combination of my favorites. This makes my taste buds tingle.

Esme said...

I've wanted to make millefeuille for ages, and this looks like the perfect recipe. I'll possibly be using cherries and walnuts tonight to give to my mum tomorrow for Mothers Day. Thankyou so much for inspiring a budding pastry chef.

Jelli said...

Tried this puff pastry method last night and made cream cheese danishes for breakfast. I botched the method and absentmindedly tossed the cold water in with the butter, and it still turned out FABulous. Loved it. Thanks, Helene!

Allie | Baking A Moment said...

I came across this beautiful dessert at just the perfect moment. I was struggling to come up with a nice presentation for a similar recipe. Your gorgeous photos were such an inspiration to me! I linked to you in my post. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing ideas!

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