Monday, September 28, 2009

Puff Pastry with French style......

This month selection for Daring Baker's is Vols-Au-Vent, which is a french term for a Puff pastry shaped to hold a savory dinner or appetizer. I on the other hand, prefer to fill with Italian cream and top with fresh fruit, for a dessert canape. Except when making a chicken pot pie filling..... these are great made bigger, with a cut top. You can check out some great pictures and tips on our hostess's site....Steph of Whisk and a Spoon.

Most people for time's sake will by puff pastry in your freezer section at the super market. But I'm hear to tell you it isn't that bad to make. I have made it several times in the past along with it's sister doughs "Danish and Croissant". They are both what is called a laminated dough. Lots of fat and layers rolled in. Not too good of an item on your list of diet food. That is probably why I do not make it as often.

As it’s a little long, here’s a printable link to the recipe for puff pastry, as well as instructions for forming vol-au-vents and some extra tips. Also, there is a wonderful on-line video from the PBS show “Baking with Julia” that accompanies the book. In it, Michel Richard and Julia Child demonstrate making puff pastry dough (although they go on to use it in other applications). Don't’ be put off by the length of time it takes to make your own puff pastry (most of it is inactive, while waiting for the dough to chill between turns)…it really isn’t that hard to do! I encourage anyone who has never made puff before to take a look at the video, get some good butter, and give it a try! (And yes, some old school baker's still say Lard is the best!)

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

2 Others Say::

s said...

I absolutely love puff pastry...but its light and airy looks are deceiving...lots of hidden fat and calories in there. Yours turned out beautifully!!!

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