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 have been blathering on about wanting to make pate feuilletee (le puff pastry) for a fair old while now, so this challenge, and a new kitchen table (!) gave me the ultimate opportunity. I was worried a little about the daunting task of making this pastry, mainly because everyone always says its either too hard or takes too long to bother with. But I have to say I was exceedingly pleased, time wise the first 4 turns went smoothly and quickly, then I left it overnight in the fridge and completed the last two turns and baked it the following day.
being all about the sweet things in life my vols-au-vent are filled with layered raspberry compote and vanilla custard cream, topped with fresh raspberries. I used the rest of the pastry to make a raspberry and custard cream mille-feuille, some vanilla sugar plamiers and, just because, some cinnamon pin-wheels. yum!