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A thousand layers of love

Heart shape sable mille-feuille surrounded by rosesFancy a little French romance? Check out Le Cordon Bleu Australia's recipe for heart-shaped sable mille feuille.

Originating in the city of love, mille feuille means “a thousand layers”. Le Cordon Bleu Sydney chef Gert Knudsen says this simple, yet delicate dessert is a mouth-watering way to say ‘I love you’ a thousand times.

“It’s sweet, it’s delicious and has a chocolate pastry cream filling between the layers...how could you go wrong?" Chef Gert says.

Pop on your chef’s hat and put your best foot forward with a Le Cordon Bleu-approved recipe that will be sure to impress your loved ones.

Heart shaped sable mille feuille in three seprate images.

Heart Shape Sable Mille Feuille


For the sable biscuit
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 25g icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of vanilla powder
  • 1/4 orange zest
  • 130g plain flour
  • 1 egg yolk
For the chocolate diplomat pastry cream
  • 150ml milk
  • 25g egg yolk
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 10g cornflour
  • 10g unsalted butter
  • 2g gelatine sheet
  • 200g thickened cream
  • 30g dark chocolate


For the sable biscuit

1. Mix butter and sugar together, then add yolks, one at a time.
2. Add zest, vanilla and salt, then fold in the flour until a dough forms.
3. Cool in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Once chilled, remove from fridge and roll out dough to 3mm thick. Cut out using a heart shaped cookie cutter. This will make up to 12 hearts.
4. Bake at 175 degrees, until golden brown.

For the chocolate diplomat pastry cream

5. Pour milk into a saucepan and bring to boil.
6. In a separate bowl, whisk yolks, sugar and cornflour together. Add to hot milk and cook for two minutes.
7. Add soaked gelatine, chocolate and butter and whisk together.
8. Allow mixture to cool.
9. Whip thickened cream and fold into mixture.


10. Transfer the diplomat cream to a piping bag and pipe dollops onto one of the sable biscuits.
11. Place a second heart shaped sable biscuit on top then repeat the process. J’adore!
Optional: Decorate your hearts with edible flowers lightly sprinkled over the scream dollops, and top with mini fondant roses, available from the baking section of your local supermarket.

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