Sunday, September 27, 2009

Vols-au-Vent - victory or defeat?

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.

Puff pastry cannot be made in a hurry - the process takes several hours and patience is key.  It was easy enough to substitute Earth Balance instead of butter in Michael Richard's recipe, but I'm not sure if my pastry is missing the visible horizontal layers because of the EB or my lack of skill at rolling the dough!  I'm pretty sure it's the latter ;)

Often in Daring Baker's challenges we are given free range of flavours and this month was no exception.  Savoury or sweet, we were left with the task of filling our Vols-au-Vent's with whatever our hearts desired.  The first thing that came to mind when I saw these was Happy Herbivore's mock tuna.  I've used it to make "tuna" casserole and sandwiches, and I knew it woud be the perfect filling for this recipe. It did not disappoint!  Thank you Steph for hosting this month's challenge, and thank you Happy Herbivore for the "tuna"! 

1 comment:

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Looks delicious, and that "tuna" recipe is a goodie!