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.
You can find the recipe here. The recipe is lengthy but not difficult. It is simple and only takes a little bit of planning. I have made puff pastry before and this recipe did not disappoint! As the recipe states, be sure to use good quality butter, use and oven thermometer, and chill the pastry shapes before baking.
This time I filled my pastry cups with Goat Cheese, quince paste, and fresh mint from a co-worker's garden.
And I since it is almost October, I couldn't help but play around. Below is a pick of some batty puff pastry.
Go ahead, try it. It is simpler than you think and you will never want the store bought stuff again!