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Strawberry and Lemon Mille-Feuille a Summer Dessert

Mille-feuille (pronounced meal foy), or thousand layers, is a rich dessert of several layers of crispy crunchy puff pastry layered with a pastry cream filling and/or fruit. In my version, I layered lemon curd, whipped cream, and ripe strawberries. If you do not have strawberries use other berries or even no berries. Give this classic French dessert a try.

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Strawberry Lemon Mille-Feuille

Strawberry and Lemon Mille-Feuille

blankChef François de Mélogue
A quick and easy dessert for when you want to impress your friends and family
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry cut into 2 inch by 4 inch rectangle (see notes)
  • 1 large Egg beaten
  • 1 cup Lemon Curd
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • 1 pint Ripe Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Confectioners Sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Lay the semi-frozen puff pastry sheet out onto your counter. Using a sharp knife cut the puff pastry into 2" by 4" rectangles. Brush the tops with the egg and bake for 9 or 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. You can do this step the day before but it is much better prepared the same day.
  • Lay 3 pieces of puff pastry out in front of you. Brush 2 of the pieces each with 1 tablespoon of lemon curd and then 1 tablespoon of whipped cream. Cover the cream/curd layers with sliced strawberries and then top with the last piece of puff pastry. Dust with powdered sugar if you like

Notes

Don't stress about the puff pastry. Use a puff pastry made from 100% butter if you can. If not, Pepperidge Farms makes a decent puff pastry that you can find in the frozen aisle of every major grocery store nationwide. Cut rectangles that are 2 inches by four inches, or make any other shape that you like. I have done squares, circles, and triangles before.
Keyword French Desserts, Lemon, Puff Pastry, Strawberries
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Chef François de Mélogue

Chef François de Mélogue

François de Mélogue grew up in a very French household in Chicago. His earliest attempts at cookery began with the filleting of his sister’s goldfish at age two and a braised rabbit dish made with his pet rabbits by age seven. He eventually stopped cooking his pets and went to the highly esteemed New England Culinary Institute where he graduated top of his class in 1985.

Chef François de Mélogue has over 30 years of cross-cultural culinary experience and brings an impressive culinary history and a unique Mediterranean cooking style. After graduating top of his class from the notable New England Culinary Institute, Chef François began his career in a number of highly acclaimed kitchens across the country, including Chef Louis Szathmary’s restaurant The Bakery in Chicago, Old Drovers Inn, a Relais and Chateaux property in New York and Joel Robuchon Gastronomie restaurant in Paris, before opening award-winning restaurant Pili Pili in his hometown of Chicago, rated in the Top Ten new restaurants in the World by Food and Wine magazine in 2003.

While staging with Robuchon, Chef François began to shape his personal culinary philosophy of “Cuisine Actuelle,” which showcases the natural flavor in the ingredients used to create his dishes. In line with his belief that food should be prepared without unnecessary distractions or alterations, François creates honest, healthy and delicious cuisine that is approachable and always delightful. Chef François specializes in simply prepared Southern French-inspired cuisine enhanced by his appreciation and knowledge of fine wine, craft beer, charcuterie and cheese. He is a fervent student and strong advocate of regional French cuisines, specifically the rustic cuisines of Lyon and Provence.

Chef François resides in St Albans, Vermont with his wife Lisa and ten-year-old son Beaumont, who has proclaimed himself the family saucier. Chef François' latest publication French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian takes you on a culinary journey well beyond the streets of Paris.

Take a look at his website Simple French Cooking filled with delicious recipes and beautiful photos.

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