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Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Millefeuille

Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Millefeuille

Your tastebuds just checked in to be flown first class to the streets of Paris with this decadent French treat – Praline Chocolate Millefeuille. This dessert is a true masterpiece, featuring layers upon layers of flaky, caramelized puff pastry, creamy hazelnut praline, and rich Amaretto chocolate ganache. Mon dieu!

Not only is the French patisserie known for its delicious desserts, but it’s also the base of modern pastry and a go-to for pastry chefs in search of the perfect technique or recipe. From pate a choux to pate sucree, the list of mouthwatering pastry elements is endless. And let’s be real, no one can resist the smooth, heavenly goodness of hazelnut praline. Plus, who doesn’t love chocolate? The combination of the creamy praline and rich chocolate with the crunchy, intense puff pastry is simply divine.

But where did this delectable dessert come from, you ask? Well, the origins of Millefeuille, also known as Napoleon, are shrouded in mystery. Some say it has Hungarian roots, while others claim it was refined by the famous French chef Antoine Careme. And, fun fact, Millefeuille actually translates to “thousand leaves,” which is easy to see with all those layers of puff pastry.

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Don’t feel like making your own puff pastry? No problem! You can easily purchase it at the store. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous and have the time, give homemade puff pastry a try. Either way, sit back, relax, and enjoy every last bite of this Chocolate Millefeuille. Your taste buds (and sweet tooth) will thank you.

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Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Millefeuille


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  • Author: Oana Olguta
  • Total Time: 2 hours

Description

Many layers of caramelized puff pastry, praline cream and an Amaretto chocolate ganache make up this classically French Chocolate Millefeuille.


Ingredients

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Caramelized puff pastry:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry*
  • Granulated white sugar

Praline creme diplomat:

  • 350 ml whole milk
  • 100 g egg yolks
  • 80 g white sugar
  • 1 g salt
  • 30 g cornstarch
  • 4 g gelatin sheets
  • 100 g praline paste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 ml heavy cream (whipped)

Milk chocolate ganache:

  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 200 g milk chocolate
  • 40g butter, unsalted
  • 5 ml Amaretto

Instructions

Dough:

  1. Roll out the sheet of puff pastry then sprinkle it with an even layer of white sugar.
  2. Gently roll the dough to press the sugar in then transfer in a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover with a second sheet of parchment paper then a second baking pan – the weight of the second pan will prevent the puff pastry from rising too much.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven at 170C / 340F for 30-40 minutes or until evenly caramelized, golden brown and crisp.
  4. Allow to cool down in the pan then slice the caramelized puff pastry to your needed measures.

Praline diplomat cream:

  1. Bloom the gelatin in cold water.
  2. Heat up the milk in a saucepan.
  3. Mix the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the cornstarch and salt and mix well.
  4. Pour in ? of the hot milk, stirring constantly, then transfer back in the saucepan and place on low heat.
  5. Cook until the cream begins to thicken then keep on heat 1 more minute.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin.
  7. Cover the cream with plastic wrap to prevent a skin forming then allow to cool down completely.
  8. Once chilled, re-mix the cream until smooth then stir in the praline paste and vanilla extract.
  9. Fold in the heavy cream then spoon the cream in a pastry bag fitted with a round nozzle. Place in the fridge until needed.

Milk chocolate ganache:

  1. Heat up the milk in a saucepan.
  2. Pour over the milk chocolate and allow to rest for 2 minutes.
  3. Mix until smooth then add the butter. Give it a good mix. Stir in the Amaretto.
  4. Transfer in a pastry bag and refrigerate until it is ready to pipe.

To assemble the dessert:

  1. Place a layer of puff pastry on your dessert’s presentation cardboard or platter. Pipe logs of diplomat cream, alternating them with milk chocolate ganache. Place a second layer of puff pastry on top, followed by praline cream and milk chocolate ganache. Finish off with a final layer of puff pastry.
  2. Decorate with powdered sugar.

Notes

*Homemade or store-bought

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Cake, Dessert
  • Cuisine: French
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