Sunday, September 27, 2009
Daring Bakers in September: Vols-au-Vent with Michel Richard’s Puff Pastry Dough
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 joined the Daring Bakers in August 2009 and this was my very first challenge. I've never made puff pastry and was excited and nervous to attempt making this. Last week, while making the dough, it was extremely warm in my kitchen and the butter started coming out of the dough a few times. I immediately wrapped and chilled it for a few hours to let it relax. After 4 "turns", I left the dough in the fridge for a day and a half. I needed to take a break from rolling dough and getting flour all over my kitchen. I was worried about how the dough would turn out, but as you can see from the photo, the vols-au-vents puffed up very nicely. They were flaky, buttery and perfect for serving my Chicken Stew in.