This cake is a Russian New Year’s Eve custom, and accordingly no, this formula I’ve been promising to share for a long time isn’t late; moving up here with a simple 36 hours left in the year, it’s by and large on schedule. An exemplary mille-feuille rouses the Napoleon Tort (French for “thousand leaves”) made with layers of puffed cake loaded up with cake cream.
The Russian adaptation has undeniably more layers and, similar to the Russian Honey Cake, is covered with morsels produced using other cakes. And here it is small kitchen ideas.
TIME: 2 TO 3 HOURS, PLUS OVERNIGHT CHILLING TIME
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted spread, softened
- 1/2 cup (120 grams) acrid cream
- One huge egg
- 1/4 teaspoon acceptable ocean salt
- One tablespoon (15 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups (325 grams) generally applicable flour
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (65 grams) cornstarch
- Stacked 1/4 teaspoon acceptable ocean salt
- Two teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla concentrate or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean glue in addition to 1/2 teaspoon vanilla concentrate
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) dim rum or cognac (discretionary)
- Three enormous eggs
- 4 cups (945 ml) entire milk
- Six tablespoons (85 grams or 3 ounces) unsalted margarine, diced
1 tablespoon powdered sugar, in addition to something else for tidying
Make wafer layers: Heat broiler to 350°F. Whisk dissolved margarine and acrid cream together in a vast bowl. If the spread was still warm from softening, this should cool it. Speed in egg, salt, and sugar until smooth. Add flour and join with a spoon until brittle, free mass structures. Move dough to your counter and massage a couple of times, just until smooth. Partition dough into four equal pieces. [The whole dough weighs around 630 grams; each quarter will weigh around 157 grams.]
Roll the first quarter of dough between two bits of material paper until it’s in a highly meager 8″x10″ square shape. If yours is somewhat more extensive or more limited, that is fine; you’ll need the leftover parts to be a similar size, so they stack perfectly. Strip away the top material sheet and put it away for the next dough. With the dough still on the base material sheet, utilize a knife or cake wheel to slice dough down the middle into two 4″x10″ square shapes—no need to isolate them. Dock the dough with a fork and slide the material and dough onto a baking sheet large enough that it lays level—heat for 9 to 12 minutes, or until light brown at the edges. Move wafers to the cooling rack.
Rehash with outstanding quarters of dough. If you want to utilize less material, you can delay until the first quarter is prepared and cooling to reuse the material for the leftover quarters. If you want to utilize less time and have the stove space, utilize extra sheets of material to carry out the leftover quarters and heat more than each in turn. Wafers can be stacked as they cool.
Make the filling: In a medium pot, whisk together sugar, starch, and salt. Add the eggs, each, in turn, speeding until smooth, and no pockets of sugar-starch stay before adding the following. Speed in vanilla bean glue, if utilizing, and afterward, continuously, whisking the entire time, pour in the milk. Carry a combination to a stew over medium hotness, whisking the entire time. Stew briefly, whisking. As the custard bubbles, it will thicken. Eliminate from hotness and mix in the spread until it is completely liquefied, then, at that point, the rum (if utilizing) and vanilla concentrate. If you need your custard extra sleek, pour the custard through a fine-network sifter before proceeding; however, I won’t ever do.
Compress a piece of plastic onto the outer layer of the custard and let it cool at room temperature or in the cooler until tepid. If you have space outside on a fantastic day, this speeds the interaction up.
Gather the napoleon: Take one wafer layer – I generally pick one with the estimating somewhat off – and slash it into breadcrumb-sized pieces. Move to a bowl, throw the morsels with powdered sugar, and put away.
Put one of the outstanding wafer layers on your cake plate. Bit 2/3 cup custard filling on it and utilize a spatula to spread it simply a millimeter or so from the edges. It will appear to be exceptionally thick and unstable – you’re doing it right. Rehash with six additional wafer layers and a large portion of the leftover custard filling (I generally have a limited quantity left; it never endures in the evening), wrapping up with a last layer of custard. Allow it to hang out at room temperature for 10 minutes – leave – so it starts setting up.
Whenever you return, you’ll see that a portion of the custard has poured out the sides – it’s beautiful, simply scoop it up with your spatula and press it back over the sides, a piece like you’re messily icing a cake. Sprinkle a portion of the powdered sugar wafer morsels over the top, and afterward press little – you’ll genuinely have *just* enough – modest bunches over the long sides.
Move the napoleon to the refrigerator to rest for the time being. The layers will retain a few custards, and they will cut neatly once they do. We observe it requires 24 to a day and a half for the layers to relax to the best point.
The following day, dust with extra powdered sugar and cut into 1-inch cuts. Extras save for 4 to 5 days in the cooler.