Mil hojas

6
1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 320g of all butter puff pastry, ready-rolled
  • 440ml of dulce de leche
  • 2 tbsp of brandy
  • 200g of walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of icing sugar

Pastry cream

  • 2 medium eggs
  • 125g of caster sugar
  • 15g of plain flour
  • 15g of cornflour
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 250ml of milk

Method

1
Start by making the pastry cream. Put the eggs and sugar into a bowl, sift in the flour and cornflour and mix to a smooth paste. Slit the vanilla pod open lengthwise, put it in a pan with the milk and bring to the boil
2
Gradually pour the hot milk on to the egg mix, whisking to combine. Remove the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the mix. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a moderate heat, whisking continuously, until it thickens and comes to the boil. Reduce the heat and continue whisking for a minute longer
3
Transfer to a clean container and cover the surface with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool
4
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
5
Cut the pastry into circles using an 18cm cutter — or you can use a plate turned upside down as a guide to cut around. Place the discs on non-stick baking trays, setting them slightly apart. Re-roll any trimmings and cut out as many discs as you can; you should end up with 3 or 4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and crisp, checking that the base of the pastry is also coloured. Leave to cool on the trays
6
Scoop the dulce de leche from the jar into a bowl and whisk gently until it is smooth. Mix in the brandy. Whisk the cooled pastry cream to loosen it and then gently stir in 2 tablespoons of the dulce de leche
7
Take a large serrated bread knife and cur each disc horizontally in half to make 2 thinner discs. Take care, as they will be fragile. Assemble the cake on a cake board or plate, as it will be hard to transfer once you have finished. Take the first layer of pastry and spread it with a layer of the pastry cream about 5mm thick. Place the next layer of pastry on top, spread with dulce de leche and sprinkle with some chopped walnuts. Repeat this process until you have used up all the ingredients. Sift the icing sugar over the top and sprinkle with any remaining chopped walnuts