Wafer “Millie-Feuilles" Creme Diplomate
By Chef Laurent Tourondel, Cello Restaurant, New York
Diplomate and Lime Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 qt. Milk
3/4 cup + 5 tbls. Water
8 Egg Yolks
3/4 cup + 2 tbls. Lime Juice (strained)
1 Vanilla Bean
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbls. Sugar
3 tbls. Butter
1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
2 1/2 tspn. Vodka
1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tspn. Cornstarch
3/4 cup Butter (unsalted)
1/2 qt. Heavy Cream
Zest of 3 Limes (grated and finely chopped)
1/3 cup + 1 tbls. Butter (melted)
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
5 Egg Whites
1 qt. Warm Water
Prepare the Creme Diplomate:
In a pot, combine the milk and vanilla bean, and bring
it to a boil. Meanwhile in a bowl, mix the yolks, sugar,
flour and cornstarch. Slowly pour the hot milk over the
mixture and combine. Return to the pot and place on high
heat. Stir constantly with a whisk and cook 4 minutes
after a | boil. In a bowl, place the butter and grated
lime zest. Pour the cream over the butter and stir until
completely cold. Refrigerate. Whip the heavy cream to
a stiff peak. Place the cold cream in a bowl and gently
fold in the whipped cream. Reserve.
Prepare the Lime Sauce:
In a pot, combine the sugar and 3 tbls. of water and cook
to a light blond caramel. Mix the cornstarch with 2 tbls.
of water. Deglaze the caramel with the remaining water.
Incorporate the lime juice and cornstarch, bring to a
boil and add the butter. Refrigerate.
Prepare the Crispy Wafer:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a bowl combine the
melted butter and flour. Incorporate the sugar and then
the egg whites. Stir in the warm water. In 3" non-stick
molds, pour 1 ounce of batter. Place in the oven for 7-
10 minutes, depending on the coloration. Remove from the
mold when still hot and place the mold on the wafer to
avoid curling while cooling. Reserve in a cookie box,
each one separated with wax paper. You will need 40 wafers.
Plate the Dessert:
In the center of a soup plate, place a teaspoon of creme
diplomat, lay a wafer on top of it and press it down.
Repeat the process until you have five layers of wafers.
Spoon some of the lime sauce around. Serve.