The September 2009 Daring Baker’s 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 found out this past week that I enjoy making Puff Pastry. Rolling. Folding. Butter. Folding. Butter. What’s not to love? It is time intensive – prepare to spend an afternoon getting the pastry ready to bake – but it is so worth it. What you end up with is a delicate, flaky, buttery treat. Another fun challenge from the The Daring Kitchen. And fairly easy.

What is a vol-au-vent (French for ‘windblown’) you ask?

DSC04229It is a small hollow case of puff pastry. DSC04230

The hollow can be filled with a sweet or a savory filling. I chose a sweet milk chocolate mousse. DSC04246

Topped with a drizzle of chocolate ganache and bits of caramel. Clean. Simple. Elegant.

Please visit other members of the Daring Bakers and see their creative takes on this lovely challenge.(Just click on The blogroll.)