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Chocolate and Almond Millefeuille


  • 500gm puff pastry
  • For eggwash: lightly beaten egg

    Almond praline
  • 80gm almonds
  • 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar

    Chocolate crème
  • 220 gm dark chocolate (58% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 110gm milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 40ml brandy
  • 450ml thickened cream

Method

  1. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes). Cut out two 12cm x 25cm rectangles, prick with a fork and place each on a baking tray lined with baking paper, then freeze until firm (30 minutes).
     
  2. Meanwhile, for almond praline, roast almonds on an oven tray until fragrant and toasted (6-7 minutes) in the Roasting Oven, then cool slightly, chop and set aside. Stir sugar and 60ml water in a small saucepan over the Boiling Plate until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook without stirring, swirling pan occasionally and brushing down sides with a wet pastry brush if crystals form, until dark caramel (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, quickly mix in almonds, then pour onto a lightly oiled oven tray and set aside to harden (30 minutes). Break into shards and store in an airtight container until required. Store praline for up to a week in an airtight container. Just before serving, finely chop half the praline.
     
  3. Brush pastry lightly with eggwash, then place 4 small 2cm-high cookie cutters in the corners of each tray, cover with a piece of baking paper, then another baking tray (this helps the pastry rise evenly) and bake in the Baking Oven, swapping trays halfway through to cook evenly, until dark golden and crisp (20-25 minutes). Cool on trays for 15 minutes, then cool completely on wire racks.
     
  4. For chocolate crème, heat chocolate and brandy in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on the Simmering Plate, stirring occasionally, until smooth, then transfer to an electric mixer, add cream and whisk until soft peaks form (4-5 minutes). Refrigerate to firm up slightly (5-10 minutes).
     
  5. Halve each puff pastry rectangle lengthways with a large serrated knife and place one on a serving platter to form the base of the millefeuille, spread with a third of the chocolate crème, scatter with a little chopped praline, then sandwich with another piece of puff pastry. Repeat layering, finishing with a piece of pastry. Dust with icing sugar and crumble some of the remaining praline on top. Cut into slices with a large serrated knife and serve immediately.

Recipe is from http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/recipe-search/video/2014/10/chocolate-and-almond-millefeuille/

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