Quick Blood Orange Mille Feuille with Chantilly Cream

Blood Orange Mille Feuille with Chantilly Cream - Spring 2016 Bake from Scratch
Photography by Stephen DeVries / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Nathan Carrabba

This quick and easy take on the many-layered (though not quite the thousand the name promises) French classic, Mille Feuille, delivers creamy richness with a citrus twist.

Quick Blood Orange Mille Feuille with Chantilly Cream
Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 (14-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  5. ¼ cup (30 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  6. 2 blood oranges, sectioned
  7. ¼ cup (28 grams) sliced almonds, toasted and chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla at high speed until soft peaks begin to form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle a small amount of flour onto a dry work surface. Roll puff pastry to ⅛-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut puff pastry into 12 rounds. Place rounds on prepared pan. Place a second baking sheet on top of rounds, and place pans in oven.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. Transfer chantilly cream to a piping bag fitted with a small tip. Pipe cream over surface of a pastry round. Top with another pastry round, and repeat process of adding cream, ending with one pastry round. Dust tops of mille feuilles with confectioners’ sugar. Top with blood orange sections and almonds just before serving.
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