My current work teams are broken into the Gold and Silver teams (because there used to be a Dr. Silverman and a Dr. Goldman at one time, and although they weren’t the senior physicians, the others thought their names lent themselves nicely to team names!)
One of the Attendings for the Silver team has just about a thousand interests and areas of expertise, from what we actually do at work to Russian lit, running marathons, and various other cultures and places including Puerto Rico (where she even lived for a while) and France. She is also hilarious and very quirky. So to combine these ideas I made her a mille feuille — literally “a thousand leaves,” a French dessert popularized in Russia, but all Latin’d up in this case — of fancy store-bought puff pastry layers, stuffed with passion fruit curd, topped with a bit of fresh passion fruit, and a sweet silver buttercream. I served dark rum and brown sugar glazed sweet plantain rounds on the side (which also helped stabilize the delicate mille feuille in the silver cupcake wrappers) and since I have a handy cupcake carrier, I filled the space between the cakes with mixed tropical flavored jelly bellies (banana, strawberry daiquiri, beer, pomegranate, mango).
Recipe for the passion fruit curd:
- 3 eggs plus 2 more yolks
- 1/2 cup passionfruit syrup
- 1 stick TB butter, cold, unslated, cut up
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 TB lemon juice
Whisk the eggs, yolks, and syrup in a heavy saucepan, cook over medium heat, stirring continuously with a whisk. It’s done when it thickens, which will happen totally out of nowhere, whisk very hard at that point and remove from the heat, adding the butter, salt and lemon juice. Whisk until butter is melted. Allow to cool slightly and then refrigerate. Pull out cold and layer between the puff pastry.
Recipe for the buttercream:
You won’t believe this: 2 sticks butter, 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 3 TB cream, 1 tsp salt, 1 TB vanilla, just blended up with an electric mixer. No heat, no egg whites, very simple! Just put in your piping bag and decorate. It was a little messy but who wants to do more work? Not me.