Milhojas con Arequipe (Colombian Dulce de Leche Pastry)

by Erica Dinho on March 22, 2010

One of my favorite Colombian desserts is Milhojas, a pastry delight. It is a popular dessert in Latin America and there are many different variations. It is made with simple ingredients, but it is absolutely delicious.

Milhojas translates to “thousand leaves cake”. It is basically puff pastry layers filled with pastry cream and topped with dulce de leche or arequipe.

The other night I was craving an arequipe dessert. Not just any dessert, mind you, I was craving Milhojas from a bakery in Medellin, Colombia called Astor. Too bad, because I live 6 hours away by airplane :) So guys, I made it myself and it was fantastic.

Buen Provecho!

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Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Filling (Pastry Cream)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup arequipe or dulce de leche

Directions

Pastry:
Preheat the oven to 400F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Cut pastry into 3 strips along fold marks. Place on a baking sheet and poke a few holes in the each pastry with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheets and let them cool on a rack.

For the filling:
In a medium saucepan place the milk and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the milk and cook stirring often about 6 minutes or until thickens. Whisk in the yolks and cook for about 2 minutes more stirring often.

Stir in the butter and vanilla extract and remove from the heat.

Let it cool at room temperature, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To assemble:
Using a fork, split each pastry into 2 layers. Spread pastry cream on 1 pastry layer. Repeat layers. Top with arequipe or dulce de leche.

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1 rebecca subbiah March 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM

wow this looks divine would go so well with a cappuccino

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2 Tangled Noodle March 22, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I’m even further away from this Medellin bakery, Astor, so how wonderful of you to make this and share the recipe with us! I am already dreaming about the taste and texture of this dessert . . . so delicious!

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3 Lote March 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Que Delicia voy a intentar esta receta pues yo me muero por las milhojas ……

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4 Felisha March 22, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Thanks! I’ll def. have to try it. What other fillings can be used?

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5 Erica March 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Felisha- In Colombia is usually filled with arequipe and pastry cream, but you can use fresh fruit or jam.

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6 Sarah Naveen March 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Wow!!! Mouthwatering and delicious…

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7 Miriam/El invitado de invierno March 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Ay madre, milhojas con dulce de leche… esto tiene que ser la bomba!

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8 Sandra G March 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Se ve rico, will try to make this one, in Peru they call the arequipe “manjar blanco”.

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9 Baking is my Zen March 22, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Oooolala!! Divine!

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10 Rachana Kothari March 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Wow!!!! It will really go well with a cup of coffee:) yumm!!!!

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11 ruth March 22, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Oh my! Lost for words! Sheer perfection!!

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12 Erica March 22, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Thank you all for the comments!

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13 grace March 22, 2010 at 6:37 PM

pastry delight indeed! my goodness, i’ve never seen anything quite like this–it’s super tempting and completely decadent, erica–thanks!

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14 Kim March 22, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I’m glad that you were able to satisfy your craving:D
It looks flaky and delicious.

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15 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes March 23, 2010 at 3:14 AM

Oh wow, Erica, I am amazed by this recipe! Looks so yummy! I am going to make your shrimp and orzo dish this week. So excited! :)

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16 Erica March 23, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Thank you guys for the comments! :)

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17 Melanie March 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Delicious–I want one now with my cafe.

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18 Lyndsey March 23, 2010 at 9:59 AM

What a gorgeous dessert! I don’t know, it looks mighty good, but don’t you hate it when you crave something that is so far away?

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19 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen March 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM

This looks absolutely divine!!! These are some of my favorite desserts. I love pastry cream!

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20 5 Star Foodie March 23, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Wow, it sounds absolutely heavenly! I must make this very soon!

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21 Memoria March 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM

¡Qué rico! ¡Este poste parece mucho a una Napoleón!

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22 Faith March 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

This recipe is new to me, and I’m glad you shared it, Erica! It looks incredible!

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23 tasteofbeirut March 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM

It looks delicious! I love mille-feuilles and it is my favorite cake and this reminds me of it!

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24 Oysterculture March 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Sheer perfection is right – I must find myself some puff pastry immediately!

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25 Erica March 24, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Thank you everyone :)

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26 Angelina March 24, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Thank you for sharing this scrumptious recipe! I am looking forward to making this for my family this weekend!

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27 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 26, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Ooh… this looks incredible! I am definitely going to have to give this one a try. I am a fan of all things dulce de leche!

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28 Norma March 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Me la sirvo con una taza de chocolate caliente

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29 Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Erica, I made this dessert last week and it was wonderful. My husband missed the milhojas from Colombia and he loved yours. Thank you so much.

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30 Memo October 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Thank you, it is a very nice recipe. I love Colombian food specially Bandeja Paisa.

mmmm delicious!

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31 martha November 10, 2010 at 12:45 PM

thanks for sharing!! Is the puff pastry that you used the pillsbury kind??

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32 Erica November 10, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Martha- I used Pepperidge Farm

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33 Diana Lopez December 6, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Hola Erica. I made these last night for the second time now and they are absolutely wonderful. The only question I have is if you have any suggestions on how to cut it into individual pieces because when I do it, it just falls apart. =D
Thanks!!

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34 Patrick March 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Tomo español y tengo que preparar una receta. Tuvimos que dibujar una tarjeta para ver qué país nosotros tuvimos que escoger de y mi grupo consiguió Colombia. Mi profesora es de Colombia y yo quiero hacer un plato tan bueno.
¡Esto parece realmente delicioso!

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35 Trisha March 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Can this be made the day before or would the pastry become too moist?

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36 Erica March 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Trisha. You should eat it the same day!

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37 Valerie April 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Thanks, Erica! I’m making this today for Colombian Dinner night! A friend of mine is Colombian and I visited Medellin over the Christmas holiday with her. I tried to fit the entire Astor store in my suitcase. All the treats are decedent. I can’t wait to try this tonight. This is going to be a surprise for my friend!

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38 Deborah April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I lived in South America for 10 years, and met people from all across the region, and this cake was always known as a Chilean speciality.

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39 Brandy July 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Just returned from a vacation in Colombia. Getting ready for an evening of sharing our photos with family & asked my hubby what to make for dessert. He said this dessert. I thought I’d never find the recipe & would have to wing it….but here it is! THANKS!

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