Puff Pastry And Vols-au-vent Filled With Cinnamon Pastry Cream

Puff Pastry And Vols-au-vent Filled With Cinnamon Pastry Cream

Get out your rolling pins, it's Daring Bakers time again. This month we've made puff pastry!

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.

I love puff pastry and I use it quite a bit for both sweet and savoury dishes. It always make an impressive looking dish. I, however, have never even thought of making my own puff pastry. I've heard chef after chef saying don't bother making your own puff pastry, just buy it at the store. It left me thinking puff pastry was impossible to make. So thank you Steph for "forcing" me to try it. :)

Puff pastry does take a lot of time to make but the steps are fairly easy. I won't lie to you, there is an awful lot of butter in this recipe. OMG - the butter, but what you end up with is layers and layers of flaky melt in your mouth goodness. As Julia Child used to say, "Everything in moderation, including moderation."

The puff pastry is used to create vols-au-vent, which are little puff pastry cases designed to hold a filling. I decided to create a sweet filling for my vols-au-vent as I was taking them to share at a birthday party. I filled them with a cinnamon pastry cream. I topped the luscious cream with sliced peaches, mint and a dusting of cinnamon. Sweet, sophisticated and oh so good.

The recipes for the puff pastry and vols-au-vent are a little long, here’s a printable link to the recipe for both. Steph was also able to find an online video from the PBS show “Baking with Julia”. In it, Michel Richard and Julia Child demonstrate making puff pastry dough. It's quite entertaining.

Thank you Steph for a great challenge and I encourage all of you to give it a try. Be daring!

Cinnamon Pastry Cream
Adapted from the Titanic Kitchen

Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup whipping cream

Directions:
1. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the sugar for 2 minutes or until pale yellow. Adding flour in 3 additions, stir until well mixed.

2. In a saucepan, heat the milk, remaining sugar and cinnamon sticks over medium heat, stiring often until the sugar is dissolved and small bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pot. Stiring constantly, pour about 1/3 of the milk mixture into egg mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour egg mixture into remaining milk and cook, stiring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking, stiring, until mixture begins to mound and hold its shape; remove from heat.

3. Stir in butter and remove the cinnamon sticks. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap touching the surface of the custard and cool to room temperature.

4. Beat whipping cream until stiff; add a large dollop of cream to the cooled pastry cream and fold in; add remaning whipped cream and fold in until almost combined. Place in the refrigerator until completely chilled.

66 comments:

Angry Asian said...

i'm a little in love with the flecks of cinnamon in this concoction... you're the first sweet vols au vent i've seen and it's lovely. awesome job!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Beautiful and I love the filling! Yours turned out so nice and puffy. Just perfect!

Barbara Bakes said...

Yours are definitely impressive! I'm sure you wowed them at the party. Great job!

Dawn said...

that is gorgeous sweetie! nicely done!

Sara said...

Ooooh, these look so, so good! I love the puff you got...absolutely gorgeous! :)

glamah16 said...

Yumm. Cinnaomon cream. I think every great baker should make their own puff at least a few times in their life. Actually turns out cheaper.

SKM said...

drooooooool ... :) That looks AMAZING.

Maria Beatrix said...

Great job. Your vols-au-vent look delicious. Congrats!

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

It looks absolutely beautiful! Love the cinnamon in it :)

Wic said...

your puff pastry did puff enough, look at all this lovley layers.
it looks beautiful.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your pastry is nicely puffy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sue Sparks said...

Your pastry is beautiful and the cinnamon pastry cream sounds soooo good!

Amanda said...

Cinnamon and peaches, mmmm! Brilliant, and looks beautiful. You make intimidating recipes look so effortless!

Lauren said...

So pretty! Love the cinnamon pastry cream =D. Gorgeous job!

Esther said...

cinnamon pastry cream sounds and looks fantastic, great pastry too!

newlyweds said...

Yum, your pastry cream looks divine, great job on this challenge.

Parita said...

Too good, puff pastry have risen beautifully!

RJ Flamingo said...

Gorgeous, Paula! And I love the cinnamon cream - mmmm!

Wolf said...

Oh YUM, Cinnamon filling! I'm going to have to try that sometime soon!}:P

Lisa said...

Those look lovely! I love the idea of cinnamon cream, yum, perfect for fall.

Sugar Chef said...

Your vols-au-vents look great and I love your cinnamon pastry cream. Nice job on your challenge. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Heather said...

Lovely pastries! I'm sure they were very impressed at the party.

Zita said...

Wow...Paula...love the vols au vent as much as the new layout :)

Asha @ FSK said...

Paula.. your vols have puffed soo beautifully!!! great post..

maybelle's mom said...

great job. super fluffy. and the peach/ cinnmamon combo sounds good.

Jo said...

Gorgeously done and the layers look so flaky. Great clicks as well.

anna said...

Oooh cinnamon pastry cream? Yum! Your puffy pastry looks absolutely cuddly! Great job!

Megan said...

That cinnamon pastry cream looks amazing! And with sliced peaches - yum! Awesome job with these!

Eat4Fun said...

Very nice photos! The cinnamon pastry cream sounds delicious. Wonderful job on the challenge!

Ahmad said...

Very well done!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Amazing job Paula, and I think you need to be forced to do stuff like this. Boy, are you good at it or what? Brilliant puffs & delicious filling. Cinnamom pastry cream...wow! I love the specks on top!

Audax said...

Cinnamon pastry cream topped with luscious cream and sliced peaches, mint with a dusting of cinnamon!!!! Dragon those puff clouds of puffiness look lovely and simple is best with these beautiess. Wonderful effort, cheers from Audax in Australia

isa said...

Your vols-au-vent look delicious!
I love your cinnamon pastry cream!

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous. This recipe is a keeper. Thanksgiving is around the corner, so I'm storing a bunch of Fall dessert for the holiday season. Yum

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your puff pastry looks beautiful - I love the cinnamon pastry cream - I am going to save that recipe for the next time I make puff pastry (which will be very soon, I'm sure!).

NĂºria said...

How beautiful Dragon!!! I've never tried with puff pastry before. Your pictures are stunning :D

Jenny said...

Yum, delicious looking. It was the tail end of peach season here this month, and I can just taste it now!

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous! the cinnamon pastry cream sounds wonderful!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

They are stunning! Congratulations on mastering puff pastry!

Jenny Tan said...

Mmm...mmm...your V-a-V looks great! Love those specks of cinnamon! :)

Andreas said...

Nice choice for the filling. I like the close-up with the single specks of cinnamon on the top crust.

Madam Chow said...

The cinnamon cream sounds so good. And I love that Julia Child quote!

Hannah said...

Oh now that pastry cream sounds delicious- And a perfect pairing with those peaches!

Elin said...

Your Puff Pastry & V-A-V looks delicious with that cinnamon pastry cream...well done. I am slurping it off my monitor screen and have wet the keyboard all due to your fault :p. Thanks for sharing...will try it out one day.

Lisa said...

Wow! What beautiful puffy pastries!

Aparna said...

Your vol-au-vents look gorgeous and sound even better.

Cheri said...

Mmm.. cinnamon pastry cream with peaches! That sounds so good! Your vols au vent turned out beautifully.

Juliana said...

Beautiful puff pastry, and the cinnamon gives them an special touch :-)

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Mmmm cinnamon pastry cream sounds just delicious! And I love your Julia Child quote! :D

msmeanie said...

Lovely photos! Cinnamon pastry cream sounds delicious and very creative!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

So very sophisticated. Gorgeous presentation of grand French cuisine.
Merci,
Sam

Adam said...

So homemade puff pastry does exist! It's like the loch ness monster of baking :)

Gotta say you did a fantastic job here. I practically drooled over that cinnamon pastry cream. Moderation to the wind on that one :)

Jill said...

You had me a cinnamon pastry cream--and the peaches just complete it! :) Beautiful job! :)

Katy said...

I have never liked vols-au-vent's but this just sounds amazing. Anything with cinnamon gets me straight away.

Soma said...

Kudos to you guys for daring to do the puffs at home:-) (an impossibilty with me).. love love the cinnamon & beautiful filling.s

Frenchie said...

Cinnamon is definitely one of my favorite flavors, these seem perfect. Great job!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Gotta love anything with cinnamon! Yummy ideia!

Chef Jeena said...

Oh wow these are beautiful! I love the flavours, such wonderful little treats yummy!

Deseree said...

That cinnamon cream looks absolutely wonderful! Awesome job on the challenge.

Shirley said...

The cinnamon cream sounds delicious!

Megan said...

I would have loved a cinnamon pastry cream but I was vetoed. Love your layers!

The Purple Foodie said...

Your cinnamon pastry cream makes my mouth water. And your vols au vents look so perfect!

nikki said...

Peaches and cream dusted with cinnamon sounds amazing. Gorgeous pastry as well.

Bunny said...

Paula your puff pastry is gorgeous. This is something I've always wanted to make but never have, I'm terribly jealous of yours!

Mansi said...

this looks absolutely gorgeous P! I love the flavor combo, and the pic is beautiful:)

btw, it'd be great if you could send this in for my sweet celebration recipe contest running on my blog:)

3 hungry tummies said...

looks wonderful i must start to include my sweets for my blog!!

 
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