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 will have to admit that when I saw the challenge for this month I was truly considering sitting it out. Not only was I super busy with the trip and everything, truth be told I was down right intimated by the thought of making a puff pastry. It is something that seemed so elusive and difficult and the recipe seemed so long. However, after a few encouraging words from some fellow daring bakers I gave it a try. It was a lot easier than it looked and I was very pleased with the results.
I decided to halve the recipe and still had plenty. I froze one half of my batch to make later and I used the other half to make a savory Vols-Au-Vent. For the filling I made a quick creamy spinach and bacon dip. The creamy texture of the dip was a nice contrast to the crispy flakiness of the puff pastry.
Puff Pastry Ingredients:
Creamy Spinach and Bacon Filling
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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