Filo Millefeuille with Oranges

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Serves

    8

Appears in

Falling Cloudberries

By Tessa Kiros

Published 2004

  • About

This always reminds me of Athens and the avenues lined with orange trees. I have also made this with pomegranates, juicing one or two and following the same method for the orange sauce here. Or use both and scatter pomegranate seeds and orange slices around the plate: the colours look beautiful together.

Ingredients

  • 5 oranges
  • 3 sheets filo pastry
  • 60 g ( oz) butter, melted
  • 30 g (1 oz) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons runny honey

Orange Confit

  • grated rind and juice of 1 orange
  • 30 g (1 oz) sugar

Orange Sauce

  • juice of 3 oranges
  • 15 g (½ oz) butter
  • 30 g (1 oz) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grand marnier, port or vin santo

Sabayon Cream

  • 1 × 2 g gelatine leaf
  • 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 50 g ( oz) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 300 ml (10½ fl oz) whipping cream
  • icing (confectioners’) sugar, to serve

Method

Slice the tops and bottoms off the oranges. To fillet the oranges, sit them on a board. With a small sharp knife, cut downwards to remove the skin and pith. Hold the orange over a bowl and remove the fillets by slicing in between the white pith. Remove the pips. You should be left with an orange ‘skeleton’. Put the fillets in the bowl and squeeze out the remaining juice from the skeletons, then discard the skeletons.

To make the orange confit, put the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer for 7–8 minutes, until a jam forms.

To make the sauce, put all the ingredients in a saucepan and pour in the juice from the orange fillets as well. Boil until thickened and reduced.

To make the sabayon cream, put the gelatine in a small bowl (you can snap the leaf if necessary), cover with cold water and leave it to soften completely. Put the whole egg, egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water. Whisk constantly for about 12–15 minutes or until the mixture is thick and fluffy.

Whisk in 2 teaspoons of the confit and the orange blossom water and take the bowl off the saucepan. (If there’s any confit left you can add it to the cream or oranges at the last minute, or serve it over ice cream.)

Squeeze out all the water from the gelatine with your hands and whisk the gelatine into the sabayon cream, making sure it is well incorporated. Now whip the cream to soft peaks and fold this into the sabayon. Leave in a cool place, even in the fridge, until you are ready to use it.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Place a sheet of filo pastry on a work surface, brush with melted butter and sprinkle the surface evenly with half the sugar. Place another sheet of filo on the first, brush with butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Add the last sheet of filo, brushing with butter. Cut the filo in half horizontally and then cut each half into 12 strips, giving you a total of 24 rectangles. Put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle the honey in long thin lines all over the filo and bake for 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Set aside to cool on a clean sheet of baking paper so that they don’t stick.

To serve, place a filo rectangle on each plate. Add a good dollop of sabayon cream, a few orange slices, another layer of filo, more sabayon and orange segments and a final layer of filo. Scatter a few orange segments around the plate, drizzle with sauce, dust the top with icing sugar and serve.