1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 table spoons flour
3 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, cut open
puff pastry sheet
1/4 cup icing sugar
4 fresh apricots, stones removed and diced
1. make the apricot coulis by boiling the apricots, a bit of water and some sugar in a small pot with a lid on. taste it to add more sugar depending on how sour the apricots are. once it’s all cooked, take it off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. puree for a few seconds. refrigerate.
2. heat the cream, milk and vanilla in a pot. remove from heat just before boiling point and let it sit.
3. meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. add the flour and beat some more.
4. add the vanilla cream milk mix to the egg mix and whisk until all lumps dissolve.
5. return the mix to the pot and heat up, constantly whisking. you’ll feel the mixture turn thick after 1-2 minutes. as soon as that happens, remove from heat, pour into a heat-proof bowl and seal with cling film (i.e. place the cling film right onto the liquid so it doesn’t form a skin). refrigerate until cool. voilà – you’ve got crème pâtissière!
6. meanwhile, roll out your puff pastry until quite thin. pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
7. cut out the shapes for the mille-feuille and place on baking tray with parchment sheet. cover the pastry with another parchment sheet and place another baking tin on top. this will ensure the pastry doesn’t rise.
8. bake for about 15 minutes. remove the baking tin and parchment paper, sprinkle pastry with icing sugar and return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the sugar is a bit caramelized.
9. let the pastry cool for a few minutes after it comes out of the oven.
10. add the crème pâtissière to a piping bag with a wide round nozzle.
11. brush some apricot coulis onto a pastry layer. pipe the crème on top. place a pastry layer on top, cover with apricot and pipe some more crème onto it. finish with a final pastry layer and decorate with icing sugar.
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