It might be hard to say but it's not hard to eat. Millefoglie is Italian for "a thousand leaves;" sbriciolata means "crumbled." Both refer to the puff pastry in this treat. Layered between spoonfuls of preserved sour cherries and pastry cream, the light, flaky bites complete a delicious but not-too-heavy dessert.

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Ingredients

Lemon Pastry Cream
Sbriciolata

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Lemon Pastry Cream: Whisk together sugar, corn-starch, and salt in a saucepan. Whisk together milk and egg yolks; add to pan along with butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Let boil 1 minute, whisking constantly; remove from heat.

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  • Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Just before using, add lemon zest; whisk until smooth. Makes 2 cups.

  • Sbriciolata: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 15-by-10-inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 rectangles, each approximately 5 by 2 1/2 inches. Place on a baking sheet and bake until puffed, about 8 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake until golden and very crisp, 20 to 22 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely, about 30 minutes (do not cover, or pastry will lose its crispness).

  • Whisk heavy cream to soft peaks; fold 1 cup into pastry cream. Cut 8 cooled pastries crosswise into quarters; break remaining 4 pastries into loose shards.

  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons pastry-cream mixture into the bottom of each of 8 parfait glasses. Add 2 pieces of pastry, a sprinkling of pastry shards, and 1 teaspoon preserves to each. Repeat twice, for a total of 3 layers. Finish each with a broken piece of pastry and a dollop of remaining plain whipped cream.

Cook's Notes

Allow time for the Lemon Pastry Cream to cool before assembling the dessert. Lemon Pastry Cream can be made up to 2 days ahead.

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