Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mont Blanc Mille-feuille




I made this cake for Christmas Eve, the base is frozen New Way puff pastry, which is vegetarian.
I cut out four shapes (I was thinking of a Christmas tree), I brushed them with water and sprinkled them with caster sugar (to make sweet puff pastry). With a fork I made some incisions on the pastry so it would not puff up too much during baking.



I had some pastry left over, so I mixed it with more caster sugar and cinnamon and rolled it out with the rolling pin and then folded it again a few times (like you do with puff pastry) until all the sugar was well mixed. Then I rolled it up and cut it into small circles, which I lightly pushed up using my finger. I thought that they could look like little pine cones...



I baked everything at 180°C until golden (about 15-20 minutes). To make the filling I used Clément Faugier canned chestnut purée: one large can of unsweetened purée, and one small can of the sweet type (crème de marrons), which has a hint of vanilla. I mixed the chestnut with a little rum (Ron Zacapa Centenario, an excellent rum produced in Guatemala), some grated dark chocolate, and some whipped cream. I assembled the mille-feuille 'tree' starting from the largest piece of pastry, and topping it with some chestnut mixture, and some more whipped cream. I continued until the last layer.



I used the remaining chestnut mixture to fill the pastry 'pine cones' and took the cake to a party. It was really easy to cut and serve, and it feed many people. Everybody liked it!


Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

6 comments:

  1. Simply awesome! What a great idea.

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  2. Thank you Yari, what a compliment.

    Love: 在您張貼評論之前,創造一blog

    :-)

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  3. This is absolutely fabulous, what a brilliant idea that will adorn any table on Christmas day. I am going to keep this in mind for the future. Thank you so much sharing. I really love it!

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  4. The best Mont blanc ever seen!kisses

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