As expected there was more puff pastry on the go this week at Tante Marie, this time in the form of “Bouchées”. You may recognise these puff pastry tidbits from supermarket or the from the 70's where they were generally marketed to the masses as “vol-au-vent cases”. Well sit down and grab a strong drink (my preference is a 6-pack of special brew) as I have some harrowing news... you have been lied too! What was marketed to you as a vol-au-vent was in fact a ! The dirty lying bastards! You will be able to see what an actual vol-au-vent looks like in my next post so please rest easy for now and continue to read if can get over this monumental occurrence that may well have shattered your faith in society as a whole.... why would they lie to us? Why why why why???
|These are bouchées and not vol-au-vents... crazy times we are living in people.|
So... we made our puff pastry, had our usual “rise competition” filled the vol-au-vents, sorry I mean bouchées, with various savoury mixtures. I was happy with the rise I got, in fact the rise was a little too great as they became unstable and toppled over, nothing that a bit of redirecting and pressure cant sort out though.
|Oh yeah..... the all inportant side profile "rise shot"!|
A “Frutti” was also on the cards this week, a “Frutti a la vanille” to be more detailed
. Not being massively into baking cakes I found constructing this cake quite fun, and I do mean constructing. What with the slicing of sponge and slathering with jam to stick them together to form a retaining wall for the custard and fruit filling, I could have almost been a builder like fellow class mate Lewis aka “Lulu” was in a former life... just without all the tea breaks and heckling of ladies who may pass by. Here is a picture of Lulu enjoying his lunch... never try to talk to Lulu while he is eating, just a tip.
|When it come to eating Lulu is a fearsomely methodical and machine like.|
|Frutti a la Vanille|
|Run for cover!!! Something VERY BAD is about to happen!! Which one of you spoke to him????|
|Dobos Torte - nutty and chocolatey!|
Until next time,
(wasn't that brisk after all was it... value for money that's what I give you, even when I don't want too!)