This is what Miette wrote for me last week:
"I am very happy with your always nice messages. I propose you to make your own pâte feuilletée for another post (next week, tuesday or wednesday if you are okay) and i will make it too. That's will be as if we were neighbours. That's like a neighbours' challenge ;-). Are you with me ?"
Of course, I didn't have to think twice before I said YES!. I would never turn down such a sweet over like that.
I never made my own puff pastry before, so here I was, very excited to make the this puff pastry, and not knowing wether I could do it. Turned out, it was not as difficult as I though it would be. In fact, I found the process to be very forgiving, since I could do the "fold and turn" to fit my schedule.
I made this Chocolate Puff Pastry from Pierre Hermé book "Chocolate Dessert". I always think that I will make it one day. So, this was really a good chance for me to try out this particular recipe. It looks really beautiful in the book, you can really see the layers of the chocolate and the dough (as you can see, my layers are not like that at all. The layers almost completely blend together). If you have the book, go check it out on page 245, you'll know what I mean.
Anyway, in the past (before I have my blog) I've made many of his recipes, from both of his books (Dessert and Chocolate Dessert books) some were easy and simple, and some were a little bit more challenging. But interestingly enough, I never really tempted to make the puff pastry, I was really too lazy, discouraged by the amount of butter use in the recipe, I also thought it would be too challenging and too time consuming. Not anymore!
I am so glad that Miette invited me to make it together, a lot better then to do it alone. Merci Miette!!!! Now, I have a few recipes in mind using this puff pastry ... hmmm ...
I wanted to test wether my puff pastry was actually working, so I bake a few slices (the house smell so sweet when I bake it). They puffed so much, from ¹⁄₈" thick before baked to ¾" thick after being baked. I guess I did it!
Oh by the way, Natalia also invited me to make Columba Pasquale for Easter. I am very excited, I've already order the columba mold from fantes, they said it has been shipped.