Sunday, September 27, 2009
Daring Bakers: Vols-au-vent
This year is flying by. Why, we're already celebrating the ninth Daring Baker challenge for 2009! Only three more to go.
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.
While kitchens in the northern hemisphere should be getting cooler, kitchens in southern California are experiencing the usual heat waves that arrive with the first day of autumn. Yes, as with my recent buttercream adventures, I am suffering the 100°F-kitchen while preparing my puff pastry. My granite countertop will melt butter under these conditions, so it is not the right place to roll out heat-sensitive dough. Once again, my strudel table came to the rescue.
After the dough was well chilled, I chose the morning hours to actually make the vols-au-vent, since the sun wouldn’t be directly bearing down upon that side of the house until mid-afternoon.
For this challenge, the hardest part was choosing the fillings. In the end, I made two fillings: a savory one -- shrimp curry,
and a sweet one -- blood orange chiffon.
I only used half the dough for these pastries, so when the weather cools down (hopefully this coming week), I will roll out the remaining half and play with more fillings.
If you want the recipe, go to Steph's blog. It really is very easy to make, and since the dough and/or the unbaked vols-au-vent can be frozen, there's no excuse not to have some on hand.
The Daring Bakers are a very creative group of bakers and cooks. Be sure and stop by some of their blogs and be prepared to be blown away by all the variations.