This dough was amazing stuff. I often am amazed by the sheer simplicity of baking. Add the ingredients with even the slightest care, and usually a pretty edible result will occur. But, as with my knitting as of late, sometimes I just need someone to say: DO IT, go on, just do it. What's the worst that can happen? That is how this dough began, a collection of ingredients in the food pro, whizzing about, and then resting (see above) in the icebox wrapped in a damp kitchen towel.
Before I began, I armed myself with video prompting, from Julia Child herself, a great video, since the written directions seem to make it a bit more complex that it actually is. I also rented Baking with Julia from the library, for more visual cues.
I had to pound my pound of butter with a meat basher, since a rolling pin wasn't working. I again have to thank Sasa, for bringing me this meat mallet from Europe back when I still was mostly vegetarian, and I at the time wondered why she was giving it to me. It pounds everything from ice and meat to the above butter now, and I don't know what I'd do without it.
You need a flat pound of butter about 1 inch thick to roll between the dough. Then, fold the soft dough around the butter, completely encasing it, and roll out. 6 turns of rolling and folding, and you have a silky, elastic dough that smells enticingly of butter. The dough is unique, since it has no levening and recieves its rise only from the layers of butter and the reaction of the oven heat to it.
This was the dough at the 4th turn mark, just before another rest in the fridge.
So this was last night's dinner. And below, my lunch today: scrambled eggs with bacon, and cheddar cheese on top. Had I not been in a hurry, I would have also included chives. The pastries were a day old by this point, and still delicious... I'd say I'm happy with the dough.
You can find the recipe for vols-au-vent puff pastry dough at the link for Audax Artifex's site above, or at the Daring Recipe Archive. On your visit, be sure to check out some of the others on the Daring Baker Blogroll! I need to earmark sometime to look at some more.
Thanks to Steph for a great choice for a challenge! I'm looking forward to my 4th in October, and now each new month I am logging in with eager anticipation of my adventures to come. Not a bad way to start each month.