From September 12 to October 9, it’s Le Mois du Millefeuille (luh mwah due meelfoy), or “the month of the thousand leaves” in France. In North America, we call these flaky pastries filled layered with cream “Napoleons” for some obscure reason. According to the event website, the millefeuille was born in 1867 on rue du Bac in Paris. The pastry’s texture was hailed as being “light as a leaf” and the name was born. These days, you’re just as likely to find millefeuille prepared with savory ingredients for an entrée, amuse bouche, or even a plat principal, but it is still as a dessert that this pastry is in its glory.
On the event website, you can help the superhero millefeuille find its ingredients in a battle against the haunted forks (I was not skilled at this), take a quiz on your level of millefeuille gourmandise, find a recipe for a traditional millefeuille, or just locate a boulangerie-pâtisserie near you (in France only, unfortunately) who is participating by offering exotic millefeuille if you don’t have the time (3 hours!) or skill necessary to pull off a batch yourself. If you are inspired to bake millefeuille yourself, this video has step by step instructions to make your pastry dreams come true. Bon appétit!
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