9.27.2009

Daring Baker September Challenge

Vol-au-vent

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.

10 comments:

Wic said...

"log cabin built by city slickers" ?
love it and think they have character. the really importend part is the puff and your really did puff.

Dragon said...

I like the abstract shape. :) Great job on this month's challenge.

Amy I. said...

Your filling sounds delicious! Great work!

Elle said...

Love the free form 'log cabin' look. Bet it made a tasty case for the filling. Very puffy!

Dips said...

I had that immature log cabin problem too, rather an unhinged tent...but still, great try !!

Dharm said...

LOL... the log cabin built by city slickers still looks good!! Love the choice of your filling too!

MeetaK said...

yup i too am looking forward to the apple/plum season and as i have enough of puff pastry in the freezer it's gonna be fun. great job on the "log cabin built by city slickers"

Lauren said...

Love the "log cabin built by city slickers"! So cute, and you got such good rise =D. Awesome job!

zorra said...

Okay, vielleicht musst du noch etwas an deinen Bauk√ľnsten arbeiten, aber der Teig ist gelungen, das sieht man. ;-)

Jill said...

I love how creative you were with the puff pastry! That filling looks so creamy and delicious! :)