This traditional French pastry literally translates to 'a million layers'. We're not going to say that ours has quite that many but the tower of light crisp puff pastry, homemade vanilla creme patisserie, fresh strawberries and a chocolate icing turns this into a real treat... albeit a little messy to eat!
Warm the milk up in a pan until it’s just about to boil. Beat together the egg yolks, castor sugar, vanilla and plain flour in a clean bowl. Pour the boiling milk over the egg mix then return it all to the pan and heat it until it bubbles and thickens.
Allow the mixture to bubble for a minute then remove, pour it through a sieve, cover with clingfilm and leave to cool.
Preheat to oven to 200°C.
Unroll out the pastry on a slightly sugared table and cut out 12 rectangles of equal size, approximately 10cm long and 5cm wide. Lay the pastry onto a baking paper lined tray and dust with icing sugar.
Chill the pastry in the fridge for at least half an hour before baking for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy. Leave the pastry to one side to cool.
Beat the icing sugar and cocoa powder with a few dashes of water until you have a thick and gloopy icing.
Dip one third of the cooled pastry rectangles into the icing to gain an even covering… or spread it over them using a palette knife.
Layer up one plain pastry slice, then some crème patisserie, a neat arrangement of fresh berries, then repeat again, finally finishing with the chocolate dipped pastry top to create a mille feuille slice. Makes 4