“Millefeuille” is a French word that literally means “a thousand sheets.” It is most famously used in the French Napoleon, which is made of many layers of puff pastry, cream and fruit preserves. My version is slightly different. I’ve used Filo (which to me is ever so much more like a thousand sheets), pudding and whole blackberries.
This impressive and elegant dessert is good for special occasions and holidays. I made it a couple years ago on my birthday and it was a huge hit. The crispy layers of sugary filo contrasted against the creamy pudding create a delicious juxtaposition of texture and flavor.
1 packet of Filo dough (about 20 sheets)
Sugar, for sprinkling
2 Vanilla Pudding Packets
Zest of 1 orange
1 t vanilla
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350. Lay out one sheet of Filo dough at a time on a sheet of parchment paper. Brush each Filo sheet with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Lay another piece on top and repeat. When you have layered 5 sheets, bake in oven at 350. You will need 4 sets of Filo, 5 sheets each.
Follow the directions on the pudding packets and once they have been thoroughly combined, add the zest of 1 orange as well as 1 t. of vanilla. Allow to set and cool in the refrigerator.
When the pudding is set and the Filo has cooled, layer the ingredients. Smear a large spoonful of pudding on top of the first set of Filo and cover with blackberries. Place another set of Filo on top and repeat. Place the last layer of Filo dough on top of the dessert and dust with powdered sugar. To serve, carefully cut through the layers of Filo, pudding and blackberries. Garnish with more blackberries.