Tutti Frutti Vol~Au~Vents,
simply delicious! Chocolate puff pastry filled with seasonal berries and mandarine orange
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
Mushrooms & Crème Fraîche Vol~Au~Vents
The challenge was to make puff pastry using recipe by Michel Richard, but I couldn't resist to twist his recipe a little by adding cocoa powder to the butter. Don't worry, I made his original version as well. Voila, I had chocolate puff pastry and a regular puff pastry. Love them both, although the layers were not perfect, they tasted absolutely wonderful!!! I also, dare to say that the chocolate puff pastry was more challenging to work on.
If you interested to try the chocolate version, here is what to do:
Let the butter soften a little, then process the butter in an electric mixer with paddle attachment until smooth, then add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, continue to mix until well combine. Transfer to a piece of plastic wrap, form into square (about an inch high), wrap, then refrigerate until very cold. Then follow the recipe as directed, it will also help if you watch this video on how to enclose the butter, to roll and fold.
Thank you to Steph for hosting this month challenge. I had so much fun and couldn't be more happier with the result. I also want to thank Lisa and Ivonne who created the wonderful Daring Baker's Challenge.