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

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Valarmathi said...

First time here. You have wonderful blog. Pictures are taken so beautiful. Nice blog.

The Factician said...
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Garrett said...

But how can I not enter? ;) Plus, I trust what you have to tell me and take your advice - baking, books, and academic - to heart. =)

Erica said...

What a cool book! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Caught your post as you twittered Helen...must be my lucky day.Hopefully I'm gonna get luckier...he he. Even if I don't, am thrilled you posted this rough puff pastry coz it looks darned good to me, as does the magic you created within! WOW...excellent stuff helen. Have a good Memorial Day weekend!!

cindy* said...

i love the pastel colors of the mousses. very pretty! i am putting this book on my list, you know, just in case :)

Manggy said...

Ooh, I've coveted that book since I saw it on the shelves. (Michel Roux is still alive right?) I was just so amazed how magically each pastry came together-- and when he got to the phyllo part, I was practically dumbfounded. His recipe looks perfect for millefeuilles-- you don't even need them to rise that much!
Another thing I covet? These millefeuilles, of course. Any chance you are mailing them too? Ha ha :)

Ivy said...

These are amazing as always of course and I would love to win a cooking book. :)

Have a lovely weekend!

tara said...

Gorgeous combination of some of my favourite flavours. Must try the pastry, it looks like a beautiful rustic texture.

(psst. And please enter me in the giveaway!)

Deelish said...

Mille feuilles were some of my favorite pastries I enjoyed while abroad in France. These look to die for, so perfect you don't even want to bite into one! Happy holiday weekend!

Poires au Chocolat said...

Can I enter from the UK or is asking for international postage a bit cheeky?!

Beautiful post anyway :)

Stacy said...

Wow, what a great book to win! Thank you!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Oooops sorry, I had to add that I'm THRILLED the Mille Feuilles are eggless. I love it!!

Basht said...

those are so beautiful! Will have to try them soon

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

This looks great :-)
As I always say, I loovvee your pictures. You can totally make a sub-blog for photography. I'd be your first subscriber.

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

I haven't eaten breakfast yet, and this really got my belly growling. With stuff like this, I think I would rather have your book. But Pastry is on my wish list too.

lilrivkah said...

Been following this blog for a long time but never before commented. How could I not want to enter? :D

Beautiful but also delicious desserts!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, that just sounds delicious and looks absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait for fresh strawberries around here so I can try it. And who doesn't want more pastry books? :P

kayce. said...

as always, the pastries are gorgeous... i especially love the color composition of your dishes. and a free book, esp a cookbook, ESP a pastry book?!? i'm in. :))

onesilentwinter said...

helen, mille feuille reminds me of my grandmother and aunt so much, what i would do to be siiting with them and the table sharing your recipe... so much. your pictures are pictures are beauliful!

The Bon said...

These look so delicious!

Diletta said...

This Millefoglie is wonderful!!! I love pistachios and strawberries!!! Now in England strawberries are at their best!!!
Thank you!!
Un big smile,
D.

Maria said...

Lovely post. Your photos just make me happy. Great giveaway too, thanks!

Deb Mele said...

Your photos are amazing and although I'd never tackle this dessert myself, I admire your expert skill!

GORGEOUS!

jana said...

oh i would love that book!! and the recipe looks great!

shellyfish said...

Those are just too pretty to eat! Ok...maybe not, but you know what I mean!
I'm all about free books - well books in general, but free books are indeed lovely, too!

thecosmiccowgirl said...

i do not have a sweet tooth myself but are drawn to pastries, none the less. next to steak, they are the most beautiful of all foods. i really enjoy your site (especially the photoggraphy). i was referred by userealbutter. thanks!

Anne said...

That is just beautiful! And - I hope I win!

Jess said...

Count me in - I mean, I'm drooling over today's photos already... and I've been reading the blog daily for ages!

kate said...

Oh yum! Your photos are gorgeous.

Rachel said...

the dessert looks so delicate....berries and pistachios...perfect.

N2 said...

Beautiful Mille Feuilles! I love that the filling(s) is so varied and made up of thick dollops.

Laura said...

I love mille feuilles, and the mousse looks so yummy.

Laura

Lily Anette said...

Hello Helen. I love all your recipes and would like to thank you for the many tips you offered on Macaron makings. I am an ardent fan of beautiful baked goods and prefer to make everything from scratch if I had the time. This mille feuille is beautiful and I love the way the mousse complemented the whole pattern of it!

have a good weekend.

Bridget said...

That is beautiful...and YES, count me in for the giveaway! ;) Thanks!

Paris Pastry said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Melissa said...

Your pastries are always beautiful, and look like they would be even more delicious! Plus, your food photography is gorgeous as well!

Sade said...

I'm always amazed at the pictures you take and how much care you put in your baking.

Please enter me to win the cookbook!

Lisa C said...

I would love to make mille feuilles for father's day, my dad loves them! Thanks for the quick pastry recipe and the give away.

Char said...

coming here is like a breath of fresh air and the aroma of walking into a pastry shop. yum.

Laura said...

Beautiful looking pastry, very pretty!

Cheri said...

These look so good! I have been wondering forever how to make a fruit mousse without gelatin. I am going to have to try this soon. And, I am excited to try this quick version of puff pasty. I have yet to master the traditional one. :)

Aga said...

Helen, outstanding, as always.
I do want to master all sorts of pastry doughs!! So I belive that book should be on my list too.

Julia said...

I love cookbooks! And I adore your blog. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are yummy. I've tried quite a few and have even more printed out that I want to try!

Michael said...

The pastry in the picture looks great! May have to try this recipe soon.

Marc said...

Seems like a Mille Feuilles is the perfect treat for this rough pastry. Great result!

jennifer said...

Wow, this book looks excellent. I can't wait to check it out and also try this rough pastry recipe!

Claire said...

Everything looks lovely, as usual! :)

karin said...

i'd love a book! :)

Cherry Blossoms said...

I love your blog! Its one of my favorites on my blog roll! Thank you for all the amazing recipes {and photos!} You constantly make my mouth water!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail dot com

Hallie said...

lucky me to have found a small bakery in my neighborhood that creates lovely macarons. my efforts keep failing(i think it may have something to do with my gas oven????). i love your beautiful pictures and whimsical tales.cheers!!!

Stephanie said...

You pictures are lovely, and your pastry looks divine! Thanks so much for the generous giveaway.

marnie said...

Love your blog!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Celine said...

Comme c'est beau! Magnifique, les couleurs, le feuillete... wow quel talent!
Bon cela ne doit pas etre facile a manger on doit s'en mettre plein les doigts mais c'est meilleur comme cela... meme si dommage de tout detruire c'est tellement beau.
J'aime aussi ta photo du Brinch avec bouteille de lait et coquetier trop chou

Pei-Lin said...

Hey, I just revisited pâte feuilletée a few days ago! I was attempting the pâte feuilletée inversée, thinking of trying this method to see how it'd turn out to be. But, it just didn't work for me at all! I'd to get out of the sticky situation (and I literally mean that) by doing it the traditional way. So as expected, there isn't too much "wow!" to the puff! Sad ...

But hey, I'm also surprised to learn that Roux's method works like a wonder! So, thanks for offering a copy of his book for us all! And, I love all your work! Keep it up!

Pei-Lin

Julia from Imagelicious said...

I adore your photos!!! First time commenter, hoping to win a book :)

Carole said...

I kove your blog. I will review it soon. My blog is http://cybercookscookingcorner.blogspot.com

I would love the cookbook,

Tintel said...

Mmmm, this looks (again) delicious!I love your fine work, the delicate treats and wonderful pictures. Keep it up!

Donna said...

I too should like to enter my name into your draw. I am a long time, although silent reader of your wonderful blog. Everything you make always looks so good, I always wish I could have a little taste.

ParisBreakfasts said...

Heavens!!!
I'm agog with the simple beauty of these..
Merci Helene

Hanna said...

that looks so yummy!

julė said...

i've bookmarked this book on amazon - sounds like quite a nice one; am now currently deciding on a Huge Cookbook Package to give myself for no particular reason - that's how much i love myself, hee hee.

Trudi said...

Your site is such a delight to follow...you've inspired me so often as I cook for my little family! I love how simple and tasty your recipes are to follow...I'm a true groupie of your site!

Brittany said...

Looks soooo yummy! I might just have to overcome my fear of pastry dough!

Have a happy memorial day weekend!

Chavi said...

Those mousses look to die for-- they are the embodiment of spring with those colors!

Lauren said...

Mmm!! Your desserts always look so yummy and beautiful! I will have to try some of these mousse and puffed pastry desserts at some point. They look so beautiful.

Sweet Bird said...

I would definitely pay money to see a bake-off between you and PH.

JenBette said...

I am addicted to your blog...for inspiration and technique. I love your macarons!

marafowler2 said...

love your photography and styling so much. would love to win this book!

a greener apple said...

That sounds like a great book; I'm absolutely going to try making puff pastry tomorrow!

Juliana said...

Your blog is so pretty! I've been looking for a recipe for a fruit mousse without gelatin. Thank you. I'd love to win the pastry book, especially since I'm trying to improve my pastry skills. If international postage isn't a problem...

maureen said...

i just love those little terrines you always use--in the center of that lovely breakfast spread. where are they from?

thanks for the contest, and as always, for your lovely work!

Millie said...

It sounds and looks delicious, as always!

Jan said...

YUM! need I say more! :)

Maybe said...

J'adore voir une bouteille "le bon lait" sur ta table ! Un autre moyen d'amener la France à toi... Les mousses ont l'air vraiment délicieuses, bravo pour ce beau dessert d'inspiration PH !

Sara-Jayne said...

That looks delicious! I would love a new cookbook - one can never have too many :)

Kim said...

I'd love to be "in the running" for the book. I'm thinking of taking a pastry class someday, but have yet to find one that doesn't totally freak me out. Maybe this book would be a good way to get my feet wet. Thanks for an awesome blog!
Kim
ulmer.kim@gmail.com

lydgatelane said...

How beautiful foods you creat!
I have been inspired by your blog, and I would like to thank you for sharing your recipes.

becca said...

Your Mille Feuilles look absolutely amazing!

Sarah said...

Lovely post!! I'm inspired to buy that Pastry book now - I've got a copy of the Roux Bros Patisserie and I love it too! (Btw, I live in Oz so don't think I'd be eligible for a prize, hehe).

Gorgeous mille feuille!

xox Sarah

chocolatecup said...

thanks for recommending the book! this can go on my wish list for my birthday! i am really clueless as to getting recipe books cos somehow online recipes that are tried and tested gives me a sense of "well, she/he did it, i am sure i can" :)
kuddos to handmade puff pastry(i am kinda abit snobbish towards store bought ready-made ones cos i am convinced it wont taste as nice), though i have not tried my hands at that! :)

Carolyn's said...

I will definitely have to get a copy of that book if I don't win it. This recipe looks delicious. I think that you've given me something new to try next weekend!

Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf said...

Quelles photos magnifiques ! Ca donne envie de ne pas simplement faire de la patisserie moi-meme, mais aussi de prendre des photos qui donnent autant envie ! ;)

Simply beautiful photos and outstanding food styling, as always. And yet another recipe for my "to bake" file ! Merci !

tiptup said...

ooo, I'd love a free book. Hope you have a great weekend!

Andrew's Mom said...

This book is on my wish list too! When is your book out? When can we pre-order?

Kavey said...

As always a wonderful blog post, not only does the recipe look delicious but the photos are so beautiful - a real skill.
Yours is one of the blogs I've been visiting for a long time and is one I look to for inspiration now I have finally joined the food blogger ranks as a newbie!
Thanks again!

Amy said...

This looks absolutely delicious. The inside looks like it is lined with delicate bird's eggs : )

nekodakara said...

I'm amazed by how beautiful your desserts always look.

~Mariko

Margaret said...

I discovered your blog a few days ago - it is truly an inspiration! Thank you so much!

janeannechovy said...

Ooh, just for the rough puff pastry I think this would be awesome.

Mélanie said...

Mmmm, I love the last picture, from breakfast. Makes me want to be tomorrow morning already :-)

mary said...

Those look beautiful, as always, And I love that spoon in the top picture.

The book would be lovely too, of course! :-)

JoJo said...

Long time lurker, first time commenter. Your blog is beautiful and the giveaway so generous. Thanks for always being an inspiration!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That Mille Feuilles looks fantastic! Wow, your pastry is so perfect and flaky! Terrific!

A great sounding book!

Cheers,

Rosa

Annie R. said...

Miam, un livre :)

megangoestohollywood said...

Your photography is so lovely! If only you could sample food through the internet. Sigh...

oriondust said...

First time commenter! :D
Anyway, that looks cute and delicious (:

elightpool said...

The puff pastry looks divine. I would try it with onion, thyme, and goat cheese tarts.

skip said...

The alternating pink and green looks incredible

Fiona said...

Beautiful post!

Y said...

That is just the prettiest little dessert! I love that pastry book by Michel Roux. A friend lent me a copy and after flipping through it, I immediately went out and got myself my own copy.

tasteslikeburning said...

wow, that looks so beautiful! i must say, despite the decades of baking under my belt, pastry is something that still terrifies me. maybe winning a fabulous pastry book would help? ;-)

Samie said...

Oh dear, what a marvelous looking pastry! the colour, and the flavours... Every time I come to your blog, I am awed by what you make...

I have no doubt your macarons could take on PH anyday. ;P

The Lady Nomad said...

I thoroughly enjoy your site! It makes me miss France (and their wonderful pastries) terribly.

Dianna said...

i absolutely love your blog! the beautiful pictures put a smile on my face every time, not to mention makes my mouth salivate!

Lara said...

Oh, me me me me me!

I'm new to pastry in general but completely addicted to perfecting the numerous doughs and forms they take. I started with puff pastry and am pleased with my work thus far (as are my four children with sampling my trials) but I'm not sure I'll ever be fully satisfied with my attempts. I would love to have a copy of this book, especially with a recommendation as high as yours!

Marisa said...

love your site and am a total cook book junkie!

thanks for the inspiration!

M

coriander said...

Another long-time lurker; first-time commenter here. I have not yet attempted traditional puff pastry, although I have used a pretty good 'mock' puff pastry recipe before (it called for plain butter instead of beurre manie and involved a few less turns, I believe). I wonder how different it is from the 'rough puff pastry' in this wonderful book.

Heather said...

Beautiful as usual.

Em said...

I have not had Mille Feuilles in so long! For someone who doesn't have much experience in baking pastries, it's quite intemidating... I would love to try making it one of these days but perhaps winning the book might encourages my motivation? ;)

pigpigscorner said...

Beautiful pictures as always =)

jules said...

beautiful and yummy, as usual.

Mochene said...

I just got my Journal Du Patissier yesterday and I keep my French pastry magazines by my bed for at least two weeks because they're such great inspiration. As a matter of fact, there are so many inspiring ideas floating through my head I can't pin anything down for my birthday cake this year!

I can imagine feeling the crunch of the layers of mille under my fork as I get ready to bite into one of these wonderful desserts you have posted today.

Thanks for a great blog!

nole said...

Oh, I love cookbooks - and I don't have nearly enough dessert recipes. This book sounds like it's filled with delicious desserts!

carrieitly said...

It would be such a pleasure to add this book to my cookbook collection... thank you for the opportunity!

-Zorro ;-)

LisaB said...

I have really been enjoying your strawberry posts. I'll need to check if raw pistachios are available locally.

Anna said...

very few things in life are not improved by the addition of nuts! and to add strawberries verges on sublime! although I have never been great with pastry, I am going to give this a shot. all the best.

Aran said...

how did i miss this post. this looks absolutely delicious! that is one of my next books to read. fabulous.

Katchoo said...

Rough puff pastry? Eee, it rhymes! I can't wait to try it! The old skool method is just so time-consuming.

Denise said...

you're very talented! Beautiful entry as always. Have a great weekend!

VAgardengirl said...

As always, beautiful! I just can't resist visiting your site...pure lusciousness.

Monique said...

I've got my hand up for that, when you're on a good thing, it must be great to share that around, from both your fab photo's of your beautiful creations, to the inspiration and key methods to the pastry craft :), nice.

Konosur said...

I love that milk bottle from Farmhousewares! Glad I found their website through yours.

simsw said...

Those look delicious!

sydney85 said...

What a lovely pastry book! Just in time for summer parties coming up. Hope I win.

rose said...

Hi, I discovered your site this weekend, and whoa nelly...I love it!! Love the photos and colors. Most of all love the creativity and heart...your recipes sing out with joy! I am a major baker, and I love being engaged and challenged by someone else's creations. Many thanks for sharing your food and photos. Rose

amateurinthekitchen said...

Beautiful pictures!!!

Sil BsAs said...

I'm just speechless... your photos improve day after day..lovely!

Emma said...

I made your mille feuilles with raspberries and lemon cream the other day. I may just have to use the left over puff pastry I made to try these out too, they look amazing!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Your recipes are inspired and your photos truly stunning. brava to you.

Farmerlady2 said...

The photos are very nice! Thanks for the giveaway.

Yolanda said...

I love your blog; I find the pictures so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

Sara Spock said...

I love your blog. It reminds me of wandering around pastry shops in Paris. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations and gorgeous photos!

Sunshine said...

What a fantastic recipe! I can't wait to try it out for myself. Would the rough puff pastry work well on baklava? Maybe I'll give that a go too.

rene kane said...

How can I resist? Put my name in the hat, and fill it up with some of these wonderful pastries! Oh, yes the book too if I'm so lucky to be chosen. Photos, recipes, prose, humor... divine!

Kendall said...

:D

Still one of my favorite food blogs.

Looks delicious!

Nags said...

I have been scouting around for some baking/pastry classes but can't afford one at the moment. A book would be great :)

Jennie said...

Would love the book - these are gorgeous!

hemmafru said...

I am an avid pastry maker, love your blog, and I have a four year old daughter named Helen who has been nicknamed 'Tippy' and/or ''Tipsy' be her older sisters. Perhaps you and I are separated twins?

Gale Reeves said...

My cookbook library NEEDS another book. I am a huge admirer of your blog and photography. You are such an inspiration. Thanks for all the time you devote to this blog.

estella said...

Wow...this looks so wonderful!

kristy said...

wow! so beautifully simple, but amazing to look at. i bet it tastes delicious. i am totally scared by pastry making... but i might try this one!

Crystal said...

A regular visitor but not so regular a commenter :) Your beautiful creations and perspective brighten my days often -- thank you!

Vanille said...

Oh, perfect flaky pastry !...
And lovely atmosphere in your brunch picture...

Mercè said...

Helen, your creation looks delicious!! The photos as always, magnifiques!
Thanks for this great giveaway!

The Kitchenette said...

Nothing like a giveaway to bring out the lurkers!

I've been reading your blog for a while now, love your blog. The photos are fabulous, I've been taking notes.

kelli said...

hey!!! awesome blog!! everything you make always looks so yummy. i would like to attend pastry school one day and your blog is very inspiring.

Abby said...

Gorgeous as always! Your house/kitchen/etc. has the prettiest, softest light I've ever seen.

And I love the color of pistachioed sweets. Green is my favorite color!

Jean M. said...

What a beautiful dessert! I would love to make it some day. I went fruit crazy this weekend and among other things I did get some strawberries. I hope I win!

Phoo-D said...

This book sounds like it is just what I need! I find your blog to be inspiring and can only dream of creating such beautiful desserts one day. I'm always in awe of your photos and recipes. Simply amazing!

Anita said...

I would love to check out this book, it sounds great. Does it include any "light" recipes? Just kidding, sort of...

stephy said...

I can has a cookbook plz?

Lex said...

love the blog. i am currently working on recipe procurement for my husbands sweet tooth. love the site.

Marina said...

This is my first time posting... anywhere! I love this blog and head here more often then epicurious and saveur these days.
Thank you so much for your inspirational art.

raych said...

I must have this book. If there were anything MORE emphatic than allcaps and italics, I would write this entire comment in it.

Carissa said...

I wish it was strawberry season here. Sigh. I'll have to wait a month or make do with those flavorless shipped in strawberries. Oh well just feeling sorry for myself. Beautiful pics anyway, love the spoon!

Guppymomma said...

I've always wanted to try making puff pastry, that looks lovely!

Ellemay said...

I'm assuming you're happy to ship overseas?

SaraLe said...

Mille Feuilles, It's remind me my childhood cause we used to eat this dessert then...And I love to bake.Lovely blog.

Elena Makarov said...

What a wonderful book to win! Thank you for this giveaway!

SaraLe said...

Mille Feuilles remind me of my childhood cause we used to have this dessert then.And I love to bake.What a lovely blog.

beach houses said...

no wonder you got a lot of comment from your readers.. Your blog is really fantastic

Esme said...

I would love to win this book and am desperate for it-pastry is where I need to improve in the kitchen.

thanks for the giveaway.

GooberNgrape said...

i've never made just a rough puff before, but i've seen more and more documentation (flickr, blogs, whatever) that shows that it's just as good-- or seems better-- than a full-on puff dough (mine are tender but a tad on the greasy side).
very interesting.
nice flakey layers!

T said...

Yummy! I love the flavors of strawberries and pistachios, especially together. This mille feuille looks so beautiful!

J said...

what a coincidence - i just borrowed "Patisserie" - the old book by the brothers. Certainly Pastry would be in my reading list too :)

fhmclaughlin said...

perfect finish for tomorrow dinner - thanks!

Shy said...

Hi Helen,

beautiful, so summer-ry and air-ry and light and pretty and pastel.

I am curious about the rough pastry now and have to give it a go. thats one dough I have never tried out.

Have a nice day!

Shy

daniela said...

pistachios and strawberries... not only delicious but also a great color combination!

Dani
danilander87@hotmail.com

Cakebrain said...

Such a gorgeous dessert! I love the colours and textures! yum!

Kathy Diaz said...

Lovely pictures! I gotta try your mascarpone mousse recipe. So easy and so versatile. I think I will be using this mousse recipe of yours a lot this summer.

mrspao said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. I really enjoy reading your blog.

Elisa said...

Avid reader and cookbook junkie checking in... Gah - these look INCREDIBLE!

Chelsi Mangiabene said...

that pastry appears mind-blowingly fluffy for a quick puff recipe! Impressive indeed!

SH said...

Hi Helene,
We ordered mille fuilles the other day from 'the' french patisserie in town and the mille fuilles tasted like graham crackers... Thanks for sharing this recipe but I have a question: Whats a quarter turn.

Take care :)
Sadiya

Sylvie said...

My husband and I are going to France this summer and we are stopping in Paris for a day. We will be sure to check out Herme's pastries. What's the best?

Caroline said...

Long-time reader, first-time to comment -- your giveaway hooked me in! :)
I haven't tried making mille feuilles, they seem so daunting. But reading through the recipe, you made it look so easy. Now I'm excited to give this a try. It also helps that your photos are so lovely. I only hope that my end result would be as beautiful as yours. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

chern said...

mmmmmm wowww everything on your blog is so gorgeously droolworthy!

would love to be eligible for the cookbook but i'm in the UK, so if that counts me out it's okay.

SimplePleasures said...

strawberries are my favorite berries maybe because that's the only kind of berries that I can get here locally.

It's such a pity that strawberry season is over.

Hope I could win the book =D

Ria said...

Helen!! You are incredible! :) It's sooo mouthwatering! *drool* And the giveaway is a very nice thing from your side for your readers! Very thoughtful!! :)

Simran said...

I can't make pastry to save my life, so I desperately, desperately need this book.

That worked? No? Okay - How about I am your biggest fan, and I think you outrank Pierre Hermes in the macaron department...by a large margin at that :)

Las PacaS said...

Hola, soy seguidora de tu blog, ¡es fantástico¡ espectacular¡, pero si me permites hacerte una sugerencia. por favor pon un traductor en tu blog para que me sea mas facil seguirlo, ya que mi inglés es bastante escaso. Muchas gracias y felicidades por tus recetas son todas estupendas.

in company with sparkles said...

Mm, the cream looks so good! I'd love to try the puff pastry recipe!

K471 said...

Wow a book!! Ehehe

I´m from Madeira Island... and my english it´s not very weel...

My french to.

So, i love your blog. It´s nice to see all your pictures. All they seems fresh and new.

Congratulations for the passion! You do it very well!

Sorry my english...

Be happy!

Peggy Rice said...

I am an expat from Texas living in Paris! I love your blog, it helps me learn how to cook some of the great things that I see and taste here. I made my first tart thanks to you and shared it with my 86 year old neighbor and she loved it! By the way, cherries are not just perfect here yet either, but they are getting close. Strawberries are perfect! I live very near rue St. Charles and I am lucky enough to have market days Tuesday and Friday!!!

Marisunnychan said...

I am dashing to the fruit store to grab some strawberries to try this recipe of yours!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed to see how they turn out and to win the book!!!
Thanks for the giveaway and for this wonderful blog of yours!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Thank you for the comments and hope you found some ideas to help you wrap up your delicious macarons. When you do, I would love to see it. You have a gorgeous blog!

Anonymous said...

LeeYong from NJ - Excellent!!! Thank you for offering a pastry book giveaway... wondeful! P.S. You have beautiful blog!

Amicus Cupcake said...

Like everything I see here, I'm envious of you for being able to make it, and people who know you for getting to eat it.

winterflamingo said...

Those pastries look so light it seems like they could float away!

I love reading your blog, btw. :D

Jenny said...

So pretty....
Just so you know, I will be looking to you for inspiration when it comes to flavors for a plethora of cheesecakes I will be making next month. I'm sure you will provide me with lots of ideas!

Rachel said...

Those look fantastic!

Rossana said...

Hi! I'm an italian young girl who always follow your wonderful blog!! Congratulations for this!(j'amerais bien gagner^^, mais en tout cas je te fais encore mes compliments!!!)

Jane said...

Now that would be a wonderful book to add to the collection.

Jane

Judith said...

Yum yum, I'd love to enter! :-)

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I would love to win a book you recommend!

Everything you make sounds so marvelous...

raquel said...

definitely food porn! just looking at your photos make me want to make all your recipes! :)

Marie Chantal said...

Merci pour la merveilleuse recette!

angela@spinachtiger said...

You have a way of making desserts look good for you. Light, just enough to taste sweetness and freshness.

jen said...

So beautiful and delicious looking-almost too pretty to eat- no, that's crazy talk!

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