Vanilla and Lemon Curd Mille-Feuille

This Vanilla and Lemon Curd Mille-Feuille is a twist on the traditional French pastry. I love the contrast between the soft vanilla layer and the citrus burst of the lemon curd. Although it looks like quite the task, if you use store-bought puff pastry it really won’t take hours of hard slog… and the reward is in the pudding – trust me! Enjoy.Vanilla and lemon curd Mille-feuilleFor the pastry

Store-bought, or homemade puff pastry.

Cut the puff pastry into rectangles and place on baking sheet. Cover with greaseproof paper and place another tray on top of the pastry. Bake at 180c for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

For the vanilla crème patissier

4 egg yolks
125g castor sugar
500ml milk
40g corn flour
40g butter
Seeds from one vanilla pod

In a pot, bring the milk to a boil with the vanilla. Cream the sugar and the egg yolks in a bowl to ribbon stage. Add the corn flour to the egg and sugar mixture. Pour a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture to temper, then add to the remainder of the milk. Stir continuously over a low heat until the mixture thickens. Be careful not to let the mixture catch on the bottom of the pot as it will burn very quickly. Remove once the corn flour has cooked out and the mixture is thick. Add the butter and stir in. Place into a bowl and cover with cling film directly on the mixture (this stops it from forming a skin). Refrigerate until set.

For the lemon curd

12 egg yolks
1.5 cups sugar
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
2/3 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp corn flour
6-8 tbsp cold butter

Place all the ingredients except the butter into a pot. Cook over a medium heat stirring continuously with a whisk until the mixture thickens. Strain the mixture into a bowl and whisk in the butter. Cover with cling film directly applied to the top of the curd and refrigerate until set.

Put it together

Pipe the crème patissier onto a rectangle of pastry. Place another rectangle of pastry on top of that. Pipe the lemon curd in blobs. Top with the third piece of pastry.

Garnish as you please, I used Swiss Meringue which was bruléed and some strawberry gel. But a light dusting of icing sugar will also look effective!Vanilla and lemon curd Mille-feuille Vanilla and lemon curd Mille-feuille Vanilla and lemon curd Mille-feuille

Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

Author: Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

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