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Millefeuille with Arequipe (Colombian Dulce de Leche Pastry)

Milhojas is a popular dessert in Colombia and Latin America. Layers of wonderful puff pastry, perfectly sweet cream and delicious dulce de leche combine to make an amazing treat.

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One of my favorite Colombian desserts is strudel, 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.

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what is strudel?

It translates to “thousand leaves cake”. It is basically puff pastry layers filled with pastry cream and topped with dulce de leche or arequipe. In Colombia there are different fillings options for this desserts. I am sharing my favorite version “Milhojas de Arequipe”.

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Ingredients to Make Millefeuille with Arequipe

You will find the printable recipe card with exact amounts and directions below.

  • Puff Pastry: You can make your own, but it’s a lot of work. I recommend using frozen puff pastry.
  • Milk: I recommend using whole milk to make the pastry cream.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar.
  • salted
  • Vanilla extract: Always use a good quality vanilla extract for your recipes.
  • cornstarch
  • Egg: This recipe only uses the yolks. You can use the left over egg whites to make meringue cookies
  • butter
  • Arequipe or dulce de leche
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Tips to Make this Recipe

The pastry cream can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until 1 hour before using. Give it a quick whisk when ready to add it to your millefeuille recipe.

When your pastry cream is cooking over heat, stir well and constantly until it is thick.

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Millefeuille with Arequipe Recipe (Colombian Dulce de Leche Pastry)

Erica Dinho

Prep Time 10 mins

cook time fifteen mins

total time 25 mins

course Dessert

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 servings

calories 560 kcal


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed

For the filling (pastry cream)

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • pinch jumped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 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.

Make the Cream:

  • 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.


calories: 560kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 10gfat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: fifteengCholesterol: 157mgsodium: 199mgpotassium: 197mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 350UIcalcium: 141mgIron: 2mg

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The other night I was craving an arequipe dessert. Not just any dessert, mind you, I was craving strudel 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 easy and fantastic.

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Other Desserts To Try:

Coffee Flavored Cake

Guava Pastries (Guava Pastries)

Easy Coconut Flan

Coffee Mouse (Coffee Sponge


About Erica Dinho

My name is Erica and I was born and raised in Colombia and now live in the northeastern United States with my husband and family. This blog was inspired by my grandmother, Mamita, who was an amazing traditional Colombian cook.

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