Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Millefeuille Cake

I totally adore this cake, the millefeuille, which stands for thousand leaf. Also known as a Napoleon. This one, from our local grocery store, was supposed to serve eight people. There were only seven of us, but we managed.

These cakes traditionally have three layers of puff pastry and two layers of crème pâtissière. The supersweet white and chocolate icing is always designed as you see above.

A millefeuille is not something you'd want to eat at a formal dinner because as pretty as it may be, things all go downhill once you begin to tackle it. The crème comes oozing out of the puff pastry, making a gooey mess. And the puff pastry is sometimes hard to slice through.... So many layers, remember?

But ooh lala*, is it worth it. Grab a fork and a good, sharp knife and dig in....

*French people really do say this!

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