If I were to meet all of you readers and friends, face to face, this dulce de leche mille feuille (thousand layers) is the dessert I would make especially for you. Layers of butter puff pastry with dulce de leche and meringue. A combination that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. And since, as I told you yesterday, there is a birthday going on, I baked this over the top dessert just for you. To thank you for being here, reading this blog.
Because what originally was a collateral effect of starting a food blog is now the main reason for keeping it going. I'm talking about all of you who stop by and read or comment or are in the least interested about what goes on throughout these pages.
Whatever the reasons that made me hit publish a year ago, my virtual friendships are what I value most now. They come in all shapes and sizes, some are deeper, or intense, some are occasional, there are funny ones, unusual ones, some are fleeting, but they all have meaning.
So we get to a sort of a chicken or egg question, do I blog because of the readers I have or do I have readers because of what I blog? My love for sharing food is not the only reason I blog anymore.
My personal achievement during this year is that I feel part of the food blogging community.
I may try to look for other grand explanations, but it's simple really, it makes me happy and I have fun.
And this dulce de leche mille feuille extravaganza (layers of homemade puff pastry filled with gooey dulce de leche), fits the bill perfectly.
You start with a quick puff pastry that is life altering. A food processor, butter, flour and you're on your way to flaky goodness to fill with sweet or savory. Have you ever made puff pastry? If you haven't there's no easier way to try your hand at it than this one. If you have, like me, made it many times, there's a big possibility it scarred you forever and can't, no matter how much you try, use store-bought. Maybe you can settle if you find a very good bakery that makes an all-butter one, but really, nothing beats making your own if you're into that kind of stuff of course. This quick puff pastry will become a favorite.
If you're not the make-eveything-you-can-from-scratch kind of person, please go and buy the best you find in the supermarket and make this.
I believe dulce de leche is widely available now. And there's always condensed milk. So you have no excuse. You might want to thicken it a bit like I did for the dulce de leche ghosts, because homemade milk jam can be a bit runny sometimes.
But that's not a bad thing either. If you're making it for your family you might not care that it runs a bit down the sides. It has it's charm that way too.
I really, really, really hope you make it sometime. It's that good.
The dessert in the picture is about 3x6 inches. It can feed 2 for dessert because it's very sweet. But that can vary according to personal taste, many can eat this portion by themselves.
If you have leftover meringue, put it in a piping bag and freeze it. It can be used later to make meringue sticks to decorate cakes or eat by themselves.
- 12 oz 340g Quick Puff Pastry or use store bought (all butter)
- 3 cups about 600g thick dulce de leche
- 1/2 recipe Swiss Meringue
- Roll puff pastry according to the recipe, into 6 rectangles.
- Put them in a baking tray and freeze them for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF / 180ºC.
- Bake the frozen rectangles for about 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Let cool on a wire rack.
- Carefully split each rectangle of pastry in two. Do this by inserting the tip of a knife into the middle of the puffed rectangle, and very slowly circle the whole pastry. If it breaks don't worry, you can always patch it together when you assemble the mille feuille.
- Alternate layers of pastry with dulce de leche. I usually use 3 whole rectangles (6 halves) for each finished dessert.
- Top with meringue.
- Can be refrigerated for 2 days.