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September Daring Baker´s challenge – Vols-au-Vent (with caramelised onion filling)

The September 2009 Daring Bakers’ Challenge has been chosen by Steph of a whisk and a spoon. Steph chose Vols-au-Vent, which we are pretty sure in French means, “After one bite we could die and go to heaven!”

Home-made Vols-au-Vent (with caramelised onion filling)

Isn´t it annoying that after the dust storm has passed, everyone seems to be in good health and I am the only one who suffers from a massive hay fever? My nose has been acting up since Thursday. A lot of sneezing and a really stupid runny nose. I am not in the happiest taste. No!

I only managed to finish the Daring Baker´s challenge a few hours ago. Tell you the truth, I nearly gave up on this month challenge because of limited time and the hay fever. But I am glad I didn´t give up. Home-made puff pastry is excellent. It´s so crispy and full of flavours; the store-bought one becomes so dull! (Why did I wait for so long before attempting to make puff pastry? Why?)

This is my first time making puff pastry from scratch and it is not scary as I thought. I got a lot of practice when making this chocolate layered bread. There is a lot of information on the web about making puff pastry as well. I did read through several baking books.

Anyway, the theme of this month is Vols-au-vent. I love it! The only compulsory component is the pastry shell. We can go wild with the filling. After eating a lot of sweets last week, I opt for a savoury filling which I learn from The Bathers´ Pavilion cookbook. The slow-cooked caramelized onion is matched with smoked cheddar cheese. Even though the ingredients are simple, the flavours nicely come together. I love the sweetness of slow-cooked onions. It truly brings out the buttery goodness of home-made puff pastry.

The tale of two (pastry) fish

Traditionally, Vols-au-Vent has a round shape. I get a bit imaginative and make a few fish-shaped instead. I cannot recall where I get the idea from. Food mags? Blogs? Never mind. The shape is really cute and such a show catcher.

The recipe for caramelized onion filling is included here. When Steph posted the puff pastry one, I will edit the link to her blog.

I still have half of the pastry in the fridge for which I need some inspiration from fellow daring bakers! 😉

Home-made Vols-au-Vent (with caramelised onion filling)

Onion Vols-au-vent with smoky cheddar cheese

If you follow the recipe, you will get around 15 x 5cm-diameter vols-au-vent. My fish shaped pastry is done by hand, which is of medium size. I got about 5.

Pastry: 4 sheets of good quality puff pastry (mine is home-made) + 1 beaten egg for egg wash

2 tbp olive oil
3 brown onion, peeled and sliced thinly
2 tbp castor sugar
100g smoked cheddar cheese, to serve

{} Preheat oven to 180C. Prepare the Vols-au-vent (I will link to Steph’s instruction later)

{} For the filling, simply combine everything together. Cook the onion over very low heat until caramelised. About 1 hour.

{} Spoon the fillinf in the pre-pared Vols-au-vent. Top with small piece of cheese. Warm up in the oven for a few mins before serving.

The love for baking and Daring Baker´s July Challenge

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies with Toasted Coconut

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The Bostini Cream Pie Challenge (Daring Bakers October Challenge)

Bostini Cream Pie

It is time for the Daring Bakers to take over the blogging world again. And this month the storm is the luxurious Bostini Cream Pie, a challenge set by the gorgeous Mary of Alpineberry.

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