You might be used to having basil with tomatoes, but try it with summer fruits in this prepare-ahead dessert
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The millefeuille can be assembled up to 2 hrs ahead and kept somewhere cool. You could also prepare the pastry rectangles, and cream mix the night before. However, don’t add the basil to the cream until just before assembly, and keep the pastry well wrapped in cling film.
Vanilla pods are expensive and can vary in quality. A sign of freshness is a plump, soft, sticky pod. Avoid dry and brittle ones. Never throw away empty vanilla pods as they have lots of flavour. Make vanilla sugar for other desserts by keeping the empty pods in a jar of caster sugar or infuse them into syrups or custards.