Monday, 29 October 2012

Daring Bakers - October 2012

I am two days late, I know.
Actually I was out of town for the weekend, so I am posting today...

This month's challenge was hosted by Suz from Serenely Full .
 We had to make our own puff pastry and a mille-feuille or napoleon.

Well, that was a first for me! Never made puff pastry before and I can't say that I want to make it again... Sorry, my fellow Bakers, but I wasn't very happy with the end result of my puff pastry, even though my Napoleon was very tasty.
The pastry cream, on the other hand, was so good, I ended up licking the bowl!

I made a Napoleon for G's birthday celebration and our friends really liked it. The taste is very ellegant!

What I would change is this:
- I will buy fresh ready made puff pastry
- I will not use chocolate for the topping.

Let me explain what I mean by that...
I melted bitter chocolate alone and decorated the top of my dessert. When I tried to cut slices, the chocolate was hard (naturally), pressuring the Napoleon, making the cutting difficult and resulting in not so pretty slices. Next time, I will add some butter or cream in the chocolate, so that it is soft!

Making the pastry cream...
I covered it with cling film, so that there will be no crust on top.
I think I rolled the puff pastry very thin...
The pastry cream was very easy to handle and spread.
My RI is rather runny....
This is the end result!

Thank you Suz!


Suz said...

Fantastic mille feuille, Louise! Your end result looks delicious. Glad you enjoyed the pastry cream (definitely with you on licking the bowl!), though I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the pastry.

Great job. :)

Anonymous said...

looks great and don't give up on puff pastry- it gets easier and better each time you make it!