Raspberries Macerated in Wine Mille Feuille with a Lemon Chantilly Creme
- 1 to 2 tablespoons bench flour
- 1 sheet puff pastry at room temperature and covered with a damp cloth
- 1 lightly beaten egg white
- 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup sweet Marsala wine
- 1/4 cup limoncello, or orange liqueur
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
- 2 (6-ounce) packages raspberries, rinsed clean
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- Candied Lemon zest:
- 3 lemons
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- Chantilly Cream:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon limoncello
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour on a dry work surface. Place the puff pastry on the counter, and using a rolling pin or dowel, roll the puff pastry sheet to a 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut the puff pastry into 8 circles. Place the puff pastry rounds on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Lightly brush the rounds with the egg white. Combine 1 teaspoon of the sugar with the cinnamon to make a cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly amongst the 8 puff pastry rounds and cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Lay a second sheet pan on top of the first and place the sheet pans in the oven. Bake the pastry rounds for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the Marsala, 1/4 cup of limoncello, lemon juice, vanilla bean, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bring the pan to a boil over a medium-high heat and reduce the liquid to a light syrupy consistency, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil and boil until sugar dissolves. Add the blanched lemon zest to the simple syrup and remove from the heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the zest from the syrup and lay out onto a rack set over a half sheet pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
Assembly: place a small dot of whipped cream in the center of a medium-sized plate and place a pastry round on top of the whipped cream. Repeat this process with three other plates, and then top each round with a dollop of whipped cream. Reserve a 1/4 cup of the raspberries, and divide the remaining raspberries evenly amongst the four pastry rounds. Place another pastry round on top of the raspberries, and then a small dollop of whipped cream on top of the pastry round.