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Simple Strawberry Cheesecake Mille-Feuille (aka a Napoleon)

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As you may have noticed, I am a big fan of easy to prepare desserts that have big wow factor. And these Strawberry Cheesecake Mille-Feuille’s I whipped up are the perfect example! They only have 6 ingredients, but produce an impressive looking dessert that is both light and rich at the same time. Plus you can prepare all the components before hand and assemble them quickly right before you serve.

Strawberry Cheesecake Mille-Feuille (Aka Napoleons)
Ok so firstly, how on earth do you pronounce mille-feuile, I am sure you’re asking? It’s best said as “meel-foy” (French accent optional) and it’s a traditional French dessert made of layers of puff pastry with filling alternating the layers which is usually pastry cream. The top is glazed with icing or fondant in alternating white and brown chocolate stripes. This type of dessert is also often referred to as a Napoleon, an Italian dessert which uses almond paste. Since I use neither pastry cream nor almond paste in my simplified version, you can call it what you wish!

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These babies actually came about after a recent surplus of strawberries, and I was wondering what else I could bake with them. I had some puff pastry stashed in my freezer (always), some leftover thickened cream and cream cheese in the fridge from various cooking experiments and I always have icing sugar and dark chocolate in the pantry. And I thought I could recreate a simplified mille-feuille/Napoleon dessert!

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To make a traditional mille-feuille from start to finish, the preparation time is about 40 hours. My version takes 30 minutes. The biggest and easiest shortcut is to use store bought puff pastry. The filling requires no cooking, thickening or chilling and is merely thickened cream, cream cheese and icing sugar beaten until smooth. And I omitted the fondant glaze in favour of a drizzle of dark chocolate. Easy peasy!

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Simple Strawberry Cheesecake Mille-Feuille (Napoleons)
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet of store bought puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 punnet of strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 250g cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup thickened cream
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 100g dark chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Cut the puff pastry into 6 even rectangles and separate on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown. Allow the puff pastry to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese, thickened cream and icing sugar in the bowl of a mixer until smooth and thick. Set aside
  5. Slice each cooled puff pastry rectangle horizontally with a sharp knife (you will see the puff pastry naturally has a seam running around it).
  6. Place the first layer of puff down, spread a generous amount of cheesecake mixture over and then top with sliced strawberries. Place another layer of puff down and repeat this process again.
  7. Keep going until you have 4 Napoleons with 3 layers.
  8. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, and then drizzle over the top of each dessert.

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There is quite possibly nothing worse than soggy pastry, so make sure you prepare each component and then assemble right before serving. Then the pastry will remain dry and crisp, and the filling rich and creamy.

Have you ever attempted a mille-feuille or Napoleon before? Will you give this easy version a go?

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11 Comments

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips October 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

    These look gorgeous and I love how very simple they are. While I adore spending a day baking, my lifestyle at the moment just does’t allow for it. These are the best of both worlds :)

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Me too Nicole! Gone are the days where I could spend an entire weekend baking in the kitchen. Now I am trying to find easy yet delicious things to bake :)

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make October 17, 2015 at 5:35 am

    You can’t go wrong with a 30 minute dessert! These look so good and I’ll certainly be giving them try. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you have a great weekend x

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Lauren! I am slowly building my repetoire of quick and easy desserts as I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to bake these days! x

  • Reply Kim @ Land of Zonkt October 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I love Mille Feuille such an impressive dessert!
    this looks so amazing, i’m hungry just looking at it.

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I had to use a lot of self control not to eat them all, I’m not going to lie ;)

  • Reply Nazima, Franglais Kitchen October 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love millefeuille and make it the same way as you. I’m also a fan of meals that can be made in stages! a lot less stressful. Lovely pictures too! Pinning to my Patisserie board :)

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I agree, it’s a lot less stress – especially if you have a big group of people coming around! Glad you enjoyed it Nazima :)

  • Reply Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next October 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    These millefeuille look delicious! It really is a gorgeous and impressive dessert! :D

    • Reply Swah October 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Thanks so much Jess! x

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