I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!
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.
I debated skipping this challenge because I just couldn’t pull it off by yesterday (the 300 sorority cookies and an out-of-town wedding got in the way), but I figured late was better than never with this one. See, I had always joked that as much as I like to make things from scratch, puff pastry was not (and probably never would be) one of those things. I had developed the impression somewhere along the way that it would be two days of hair pulling, teeth grinding, and general misery. I was so wrong.
Making the puff pastry did take some time, but that was the only challenge. Maybe I’m just getting more comfortable with dough these days, but everything happened exactly as indicated in the recipe provided. I was even able to give my dough four turns the first time around, which really saved some time.
Since my vols-au-vent were miniature, my initial baking time (with the parchment on top) was 10 minutes. I went with an additional 15 minutes at 350F, though I think I could have browned them a bit more. I filled the vols-au-vent with a vanilla-pumpkin pudding and then topped them with cinnamon whipped cream and a hint of fresh grated nutmeg. With the flavors and the flaky pastry dough, they were like two-bite pumpkin pies!
This is why I love the Daring Bakers community; another “I never” is now an “I did.” Thanks for a great challenge!
Recipe link: Vols-au-Vent