Our October 2012 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Suz of Serenely Full. Suz challenged us to not only tackle buttery and flaky puff pastry, but then take it step further and create a sinfully delicious Mille Feuille dessert with it!
I happen to love Suz. She is a fun person, or at least she has seemed so in all of my Daring Kitchen experiences. So I knew that her challenge this month was going to be a fun one. But it was also somewhat daunting. Puff pastry? Wow... Not only have I never made puff pastry from scratch before, I am not sure I have actually worked with it at all...! But it is something I have wanted to try, and this was a great opportunity. It was still nerve-wracking, though. Suz provided us with a great recipe which other Daring Bakers were having good luck with. But one of the key components of puff pastry dough is the beurrage - butter. And I don't bake with butter. I use margarine. Which other Bakers were expressing concern about. So I hesitated. Finally, with only a couple of days left before the posting date, I decided to just go for it.
The dough came together beautifully, and was silky to work with. The "margarrage" was then put into place:
Suz, this was great. You got me to tackle something I had been dragging my feet on, and you showed me how easy and worthwhile it is! I can't wait to make more puff pastry and use it in lots of different ways! (But, of course, to make more mille feuille for the hubby!)
Please take a look here to see the amazing, and much more attractively presented!, creations made by my fellow Daring Bakers!