Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille

Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille

I often dream in ingredients, recipes and flavours, and this Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille is just the kind of sweet thing to feature in my inner most sublime thoughts. It is one of those quintessential French patisserie treats that always takes me to a sugar filled heaven.    

Mille Feuille literally translates to a thousand leaves which refers to the many layers of flaky puff pastry, or pate feuitelle, the entrement is comprised of. Many different Mille Feuille variations exist but the usual and basic components revolve around a puff pastry that sandwiches different kinds of flavoured pastry creams… and that sometimes can also contain fresh fruits.

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This Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille is decadently delicious. It contains three layers of a rich, flaky and buttery chocolate puff that encloses two types of pastry cream- a luscious and intense salted dark chocolate crème patissiere and a divine mocha crème patissiere. A little sprinkle of edible gold over the finished product then takes this Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille to god like heights.

Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille

The puff pastry is home-made from scratch and contains six letter folds… making it incredibly flaky. I used a basic recipe by Fanny Zanotti of Paris Pastry Club, with the addition of 50 g dutch processed cocoa powder, to make it a chocolate version.  I will refer you to Fanny’s recipe and visual instructions here.

Making puff pastry from scratch is a definite labour of love that requires an immense amount of time, elbow grease and to some extent pleasurable pain – but the end result really does reap a huge (and delicious) reward… it’s also a kind of fun, challenging, culinary task that I consider good for character building.

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Store bought puff pastry can also be used but compared to the home-made stuff, there is no competition. Home-made puff pastry is phenomenal, and like me, you’ll be cursing yourself for not having made it from scratch before.

While this Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille is not difficult to make, all the little processes do need your undivided attention. The end result is truly worth the effort though – it is a divine, decadent and wonderfully delicious French treat.

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Golden Chocolate Mille Feuille
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
For the Chocolate Puff Pastry:
  • 350 g plain flour
  • 150 g water
  • 110 g butter, melted
  • 50 g dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 310 g butter
  • 150 g plain flour
For the Mocha Crème Patissiere:
  • 260 ml milk
  • 50 ml espresso
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 20 g plain flour, sieved
  • 70 g milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 160 ml thickened cream, whisked to stiff peaks
For the Salted Dark Chocolate Crème Patissiere:
  • 260 ml milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 20 g plain flour, sieved
  • 150 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 160 ml thickened cream, whisked to soft peaks
  • 1 tsp smoked salt or fleur de sel
  • Golden leaf or gold spray for decoration (optional)
For Chocolate Puff Pastry:
  1. Refer to visual instructions here
For Mocha Crème Patissiere:
  1. Bring milk and coffee to the boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl to combine, then whisk in flour. Add milk mixture, whisking continuously until smooth and then return to pan. Whisk over medium heat until thick and smooth (3 – 4 minutes), add chocolate, remove from heat and whisk to combine. Transfer to a bowl, cover closely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, then fold through whipped cream and transfer to a piping bag. Refrigerate until required.
For Salted Dark Chocolate Crème Patissiere:
  1. Bring milk to the boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl to combine, then whisk in flour. Add milk mixture, whisking continuously until smooth, and then return to pan. Whisk over medium heat until thick and smooth (3 – 4 minutes), add chocolate and salt, remove from heat and whisk to combine. Transfer to a bowl, cover closely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, then fold through whipped cream and transfer to a piping bag. Refrigerate until required.
For Assembly:
  1. Place a sheet of rolled puff pastry on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pre-heat oven to 230 C (450 F). Sprinkle granulated sugar over the top of the puff pastry and place it in the oven. Reduce the heat to 190 C (375 F) and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, place a cooling rack on top of the puff pastry to stop it from rising too much. Bake for an additional 10 minutes with the cooling rack on top of the pastry.
  2. Remove the baking tray from the oven. Cover the puff pastry with a sheet of baking paper and flip over. Remove parchment from the top (the sugared side will be on the bottom and the plain flat side should be facing you). Place the baking tray back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the puff cool.
  3. Once cooled cut the pastry into desired size rectangles. Pipe salted dark chocolate crème patissiere on top of a rectangle and then sandwich with another layer of pastry. Pipe mocha crème patissiere on top of the second puff pastry rectangle and finally sandwich with a last puff pastry rectangle. Decorate with edible gold leaf or spray and serve immediately.

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  • Reply FoodGeekGraze May 5, 2015 at 5:06 am

    mind blown.

  • Reply Carey December 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Wow! Talk about challenging yourself! Or at least that’s what I’m thinking! So beautiful and elegant and I’m sure delicious too…I’m not a baker, but this makes me want to try!

  • Reply Aysegul - Ice December 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I applaud you for making this. Great job! I can only imagine how delicious it tastes!

  • Reply Sharon @ What the fork food blog December 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Holy gorgeousness! It looks to beautiful to eat! But it sounds so delicious that won’t stop me lol!

  • Reply Savita @ ChefDeHome December 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    simply gorgeous looking pictures!, Thalia. I never heard about this pastry before, but it is certainly calling my name! So fancy and mouth-watering!

  • Reply ELIZABETH December 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    These are incredibly beautiful, Thalia. I’ve never made puff pastry from scratch, but if I ever try, it’ll be chocolate, thanks to your recipe. Your photos are stunning!

  • Reply jacquee @ I Sugar Coat It! December 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    So pleased you dropped by my blog. Its has allowed me to discover your gorgeous blog. Think I’ll be here a while.

  • Reply Dearna @tohercore December 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Oh WOW! This is going to sound incredibly silly and naive but I never even considered that you could make puff pastry yourself! These look insanely good 🙂

  • Reply Meghan December 4, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Making puff pastry from scratch is definitely good for character building! Gorgeous dessert, Thalia!

  • Reply Robyn - simply fresh dinners December 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wow, Thalia, I have never seen this creation before and I am so impressed by the intricacies and skill it takes to produce it. The flavours must be absolutely divine!
    Your photography is gorgeous! Pinned and google +!

  • Reply The Blonde Chef December 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I love that you take on challenging recipes just for the thrill of it! That’s what I love most about cooking, there is always something new to learn! And this chocolate mille feuille look so gorgeous! You are a baking genius, Thalia!

  • Reply easyfoodsmith December 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I read somewhere that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Your blog is a living testament of it. Beautiful post and incredible flavors.

  • Reply Christine@ Apple of my eye December 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Oh WOW! I clicked over to your site after I saw your comment and was absolutely blown away by all of your recipes. This is gorgeous in so many ways! I love delicate French pastries as well, but this could put any bakery to shame.

  • Reply cheri December 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Thalia, you should have your own shop somewhere, this is very impressive, almost too pretty to eat.

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven December 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    What a gorgeous pastry! I just love the looks of that chocolate puff pastry and oh my that filling! Perfect. 😀

  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I really need you to be my friend, move next door and have me round to tea.

  • Reply Jess December 3, 2014 at 9:45 am

    This sounds so perfectly delicious! They look so beautiful as well!

  • Reply Amanda December 3, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Chocolate puff pastry??? AMAZING!!!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron December 3, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Oh my gosh, I have never ever tried homemade puff pastry before, let alone CHOCOLATE puff pastry!! This looks absolutely divine, Thalia, so deliciously amazing 🙂

  • Reply Maryanne @ the little epicurean December 3, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Beautiful! Looks so fancy, I LOVE IT!

  • Reply Hannah December 3, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Mille Feuille is a real rare treat for me, considering the complexity of those myriad flaky layers. You’ve made it seem like a breeze to make though, and your chocolate-lover’s rendition is absolutely a sight to behold! Incredibly inspiring work.

  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner December 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    ooh you had me at golden chocolate! Thanks for visiting my blog-I always love to discover new blogs to follow. hope we connect again 🙂

  • Reply Annie+@+ciaochowbambina December 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    When I have plenty of time, plenty, plenty of time…I would love to try making this. It is a work of art of which I am certain will take me days to master! Beautiful!

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation December 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    WOW! Your blog is amazing. The pictures and recipes – just stunning.
    And making these from scratch, how cool is that!?
    Thanks for sharing his beautiful recipe.

  • Reply Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy December 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

  • Reply Vera December 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    What an amazing dessert you’ve created!
    And you convinced me to make puff pastry, too – I need it for a different recipe tomorrow and was debating whether to make it or use store bought, but now I obviously have to make my own! 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy December 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I can’t even express how pretty and delicious looking I think these are! Wow!!

  • Reply Jessie @ Straight to the Hips, Baby December 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    This is stunning. I can just imagine the play of textures and the technical work here… Wow!

  • Reply Kate // Vegukate December 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    oh i had these in paris and remember loving them! I agree, homemade puff pastry is far superior to the store bought stuff – plus have you ever looked at the ingredients of those? ew!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou December 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Thalia, you are officially a “Grand Maitre Patissier”!

  • Reply Joanne December 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I am in awe. Seriously, this is one of the prettiest desserts I’ve ever seen! Majorly impressed.

  • Reply la domestique December 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Love this, it looks so luxe!

  • Reply Culinary Flavors December 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Two thumbs up for millefeuille! I love your version!

  • Reply Maggie December 2, 2014 at 5:19 am

    I haven’t tried out puff pastry yet but your recipe looks easy enough to follow! You totally nailed this one! I can taste the great texture of the combination by looking at those beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Reply Reiko December 2, 2014 at 3:28 am

    These look beautifully flaky and delicious! I want these right now! 🙂

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking December 2, 2014 at 3:17 am

    These are beautiful as usual Thalia and kind of remind me of a deconstructed Twix bar in a way.

  • Reply Kathy @ olives & garlic December 2, 2014 at 3:06 am

    such a pretty dessert. I would love to have a few bites of this.

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina December 2, 2014 at 2:29 am

    SO beautiful Thalia!! Such a delicious looking pastry! Pinned!

  • Reply Adri December 2, 2014 at 1:04 am

    What an absolutely beautiful dessert. It is a work of art. I have long felt that the easiest of all doughs to make is puff pastry. As long as one is patient and neat, it is really no trouble at all. In and out of the refrigerator to roll, and it is an absolute dream to work with. Yours is just beautiful. Well done!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita December 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    This looks SO gorgeous!!! It reminds me of all the pastries I swooned over in Paris 🙂 pinned!!

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane December 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I am so impressed by this, Thalia, and especially by your homemade puff pastry. This would be my husband’s dream dessert. Can you pop over and make him some of these for his birthday in a week? 😉

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode December 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Beautifully written post. You are a badass for making puff pastry from SCRATCH. I can’t seem to commit to that just yet but these look so beautiful I really want to. I ate mille feuilles all the time when I was in Paris!

  • Reply Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) December 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Oh, get it out of my sight – Thalia – it just looks so good!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter December 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This looks amazing!! Love the sprinkle of gold, it makes these look so pretty and elegant!

  • Reply Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C December 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Wow! I’ve wondered about making puff pastry and am glad to have this as a reference. This looks fantastic!

  • Reply Marissa December 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    These are so lovely, Thalia! I’ve never considered making a flavored puff pastry – it’s genius!

  • Reply Danelle December 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing!

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy food dance December 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    What a beautiful dessert – and homemade puff pastry, how delicious!

  • Reply Sarah|Pickled Capers December 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Forget sugarplums, visions of these will be dancing in my head for days.

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert December 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Thalia, these are gorgeous! The gold adds a touch of elegance.

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery December 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    That gold though! Perfection. I love desserts that take lots of attention, but end in the most gorgeous and almost artistic treats! Great job, Thalia!

  • Reply Cakespy December 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Thalia, I can barely stand how completely gorgeous these are. A thousand leaves of deliciousness!

  • Reply Mira December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    These looks beautiful and delicious Thalia! Definitely a great inspiration and perfect for a holiday treat. Pinned!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice December 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Such an amazing treat, Thalia! I’ve never heard of feuille before, but I love the meaning of it! The different creams sound amazing. Gorgeous, as always!

  • Reply Alyssa December 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, you wow again! I would have never thought of chocolate puff pastry, but now it’s all I’m going to think about all day!!! I’m ready to leave Europe and my notoriously unreliable oven to try out puff pastry and many other things. Beautiful images!

  • Reply Teresa, foodonfifth December 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    How great this looks! I was just reading a magazine yesterday and it had a recipe for how to make these oh so French pastries and I had decided I wanted to try it. So today I find your recipe and it looks doable…so now I shall give it a try inspired by your beautiful examples…happy December!

  • Reply April @ Girl Gone Gourmet December 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    They look amazing – almost too pretty to eat!

  • Reply Oriana Romero December 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I love Mille Feuille!! Back home we call it “milhojas”. This chocolate version looks irresistible. Pinned!

  • Reply December 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Where do you get your inspiration? These look so amazing! I always leave your blog drooling.

  • Reply Kristin @ Tasty Joy December 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Wow! This looks so elegant and decadent! I might just have to attempt this one this Christmas.

  • Reply Howie December 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Wow, this is definitely some higher art of baking! I’d love to try one (but not make one; this just looks too tricky, haha)

  • Reply Sara @ Don't Feed After Midnight December 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This just looks so so amazing – it made me think of my father as mille feuille is one of his favourite desserts 🙂 I admire what you do so much because I find baking so challenging and stressful, definitely not my forte, hehe

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 1, 2014 at 7:51 am

    These are so pretty and the piping is perfect. What a fancy dessert.

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure December 1, 2014 at 6:42 am

    This looks AMAZING. Love mille feuille. I will try it out too, maybe with rough puff pastry .. I think it will work well:)

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