I made this some time ago for a special meal for my other half, precisely for Valentine's dinner but never posted it. A puff pastry dessert with a hot chocolate sauce on it. I swear this is a dream to be enjoyed at every bite.
One of my favourite desserts is millefeuille, or millefoglie as it is known in Italy.
It is usually made with layers of puff pastry and creme patisserie and a dust of icing sugar on top.
Freshly made it makes you think of something coming out of a good patisserie as it is so delicate and delicious.
After assembling this dessert, make sure you don't put it in the fridge to avoid it turning soggy and losing all its crunchiness. It needs to be eaten on the same day. Also the hot chocolate sauce needs to be poured just before serving.
- Prep Time : 45 minutes
- Cook Time : 25-30 minutes
First lets make the creme patissiere:
With a knife make an incision lengthwise on the vanilla pod.
Put the milk in a sauce spoon with the vanilla pod and heat it up until it nearly reaches the boil.
Leave the vanilla pod in the milk for 10 minutes then take it out.
In a bowl beat the yolks with the sugar until they turn lightly yellow in colour, then add the flour and stir it all well in.
Add slowly the milk to the mixture and stirring all the time bring it to the boil. Cook for 5 minutes always stirring. Add a drop of rum and let the creme cool down. Whip the cream and gently stir it in.
For the puff discs and pear:
With a large round pastry cutter, make 6 circles and cook them in a hot oven at 200 C for 15 minutes until they get slightly brown.
Cut the pear into 2 halves and into sticks.
and now ...assembling
Take the puff rounds out of the oven, let them cool down, then spread some jam on one side of each disc.
Spread some creme patisserie over the side with the jam, then put another disc on top, spread some jam on it, them the creme again. Finish it off with another disc.
Add the sliced pear on top and dust with icing sugar
Put the chocolate in a pot with 2 tbsp of cream and stirring all the time melt it over a sauce of heat.
Pour the hot chocolate just before serving and decorate with little chocolates if you like.