Milhojas con Arequipe (Colombian Dulce de Leche Pastry)

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!



  • 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


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. says

    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!

  2. says

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

  3. Angelina says

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

  4. Anonymous says

    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.

  5. Diana Lopez says

    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

  6. Patrick says

    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!

  7. Valerie says

    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!

  8. Deborah says

    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.

  9. Brandy says

    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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