Daring Baker September Challenge
The September 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan.
The challenge involved making your own puff pastry, use it to make tartelets and come up with a filling of your choice. The laminated dough was easy to make and turn. All it needs is some time to chill.
This month I tried to be clever and made the challenge early. As I didn't have round cookie cutters, I tried to build a rectangular vol-au-vent. Unfortunately, during baking the sides didn't stay in place and it ended with a "log cabin built by city slickers" look. But hey, no sweat. There's still lots of time to go and get some round cutters and make some cut-with-a-compass vol-au-vent, right? Or so I thought. As the month wore on, I managed to get some round cutters but in the end I didn't get around to give the challenge another go. There are still 2/3 of the puff pastry batch sitting in the freezer and with apple season getting into gear, that's a great prospect. ;)
For the filling I fried some shallots and mushrooms, finished off with cream, the remains of the egg wash and some salt and pepper.
A collection of sky-high puff pastry creations can be found at the Daring Bakers Blogroll.