Strawberry and Cream Mille Feuille: the Simple Recipe for a Dessert That Will Impress Everyone!

Total time: 35 mins. /+ resting time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Strawberry & Cream Mille Feuille is a very fresh dessert, a variant of the classic mille feuille, perfect as an end to a meal for spring days or as a dessert for special occasions. Strawberries, in season in the months from April to June, enhance their slightly acidic taste thanks to the combination with the yellow and velvety cream, already the protagonist of the classic mille feuille cake. A very easy and very quick recipe, thanks to the use of ready-made puff pastry; just caramelize the pastry in the oven for a few minutes and then assemble the layers of custard and fresh strawberries.

What is Mille Feuille?

Mille-feuille, pronounced "meel-foy" in English, is a classic French pastry whose name means "thousand leaves," referring to its multiple layers of puff pastry. Traditionally, it consists of three layers of puff pastry alternating with two layers of pastry cream, often topped with powdered sugar or a glaze. Originating in France, its precise beginnings are unclear, though the concept of layered pastries dates back to the 17th century. Over the years, variations have included fruits, whipped cream, and even savory versions. Mille-feuille is celebrated for its delicate, flaky texture and rich, creamy filling, making it a staple in patisseries worldwide.

Mille Feuille Vs. Napoleon: What Are The Differences?

Mille-feuille and Napoleon are often used interchangeably, but there can be subtle differences depending on the region. Traditionally, both desserts consist of layers of puff pastry and pastry cream. However, the term "Napoleon" is more commonly used in the United States and may refer to a version that includes additional layers or different fillings such as almond flavored cream or fruit fillings. In contrast, the classic French mille-feuille sticks to the simpler construction of three layers of pastry and two of cream, typically topped with a white icing and chocolate stripes. While both pastries share a similar structure and texture, the variations in fillings and toppings can distinguish a Napoleon from the classic mille-feuille.

How Do I Keep My Mille Feuille From Getting Soggy?

To keep your mille-feuille from getting soggy, ensure that the puff pastry is fully baked until golden and crisp, and allow it to cool completely before assembly. Also, make sure your custard is thick and cooled before spreading. A helpful tip is to assemble the mille-feuille close to serving time to maintain the crispness of the pastry layers. If you need to prepare it in advance, keep it refrigerated and uncovered to avoid moisture buildup from condensation.

Tips and Variations for the Perfect Strawberry & Cream Mille Feuille

When combining the egg yolks with the hot milk, add the milk slowly and whisk continuously to prevent the eggs from curdling. This process, known as tempering, ensures a smooth, even custard.

– When cooking the custard, keep the heat low and stir constantly. This prevents the formation of lumps and stops the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.

– Allow the custard to cool completely before assembling the dessert. You can place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.

Pricking the puff pastry with a fork before baking helps release steam and keeps the pastry flat and crisp. Make sure the pastry is fully cooled before assembling to keep it from becoming soggy.

While vanilla is a classic, consider infusing the milk with other flavors such as almond extract, citrus zest (lemon or orange), or even a touch of lavender or rose water for a floral note.

– Replace strawberries with other fruits like raspberries, blueberries, or sliced peaches for a different taste and appearance. Layering multiple fruits can add a colorful twist.

– Introduce elements like crushed pistachios, toasted almonds, or even a layer of lemon curd between the cream and fruit for added texture and flavor.

– For a decadent touch, drizzle melted chocolate over the top layer of pastry before adding the final dusting of powdered sugar.

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How to Store Strawberry & Cream Mille Feuille

The Strawberry & Cream Mille Feuille can be kept perfectly in the refrigerator for about 3 days, closed in an airtight container.

Find out how to prepare Strawberry & Cream Mille Feuille by following our step-by-step recipe and advice.


For the cream
600 ml
Vanilla Extract
to taste
Egg yolks
110 grams
All-purpose flour
30 grams
Corn starch
30 grams
For the mille feuille
Puff pastry dough
1 roll
Powdered sugar
to taste
300 grams
For the garnish
Powdered sugar
to taste
to taste

How to Prepare Strawberry & Cream Mille Feuille

Start by preparing the custard. Pour the milk into a saucepan.

Bring it to a boil.

In a separate bowl, break three eggs, separate the yolks from the whites and only use the three yolks.

Add the sugar.

Mix everything with a whisk.

You will need to obtain a smooth and homogeneous consistency.

Pour in the flour little by little.

Mix with the whisk until it's completely absorbed.

Pour in a little milk.

Stir briefly.

Put the milk back on the heat and pour in the egg and flour mixture.

Continue mixing until thickened. Cover with cling film and let it cool.

Unroll the sheet of puff pastry.

Cut it with a knife in three different layers of the same size.

Transfer the puff pastry onto a deep paper baking tray and prick the surface with a fork.

Then brush with a beaten egg yolk.

Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Bake in the oven at 374°F (190°C) for about 15 minutes.

Transfer the custard into the piping bag.

Create small tufts of custard, arranging them evenly.

Add fresh strawberries, previously cut into small pieces, to the center.

Cover with the second layer of puff pastry, then repeat the layer of cream and fresh strawberries, until you cover with the last layer of puff pastry.

Sprinkle with plenty of icing sugar, then let it rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

When the chilling time has passed, decorate the surface with fresh strawberries. Then serve, and enjoy!

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