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Bouchée à la Reine is what we generically call Vol au vent, which means flying with the wind, named after its light flaky pastry. While the Vol au vent was originally a large pastry to cut in portions and share, the Bouchée à la Reine is small, the size of a bite perfect for a buffet table.
I took this recipe from Auguste Escoffier famous book Le Guide Culinaire.
Escoffier mentioned that the Bouchée à la Reine were originally filled with a puree of poultry, but more recently filled with a salpicon of poultry, mushrooms and some sort of cream.
To make it easier to cook at home I replace the poultry with bacon and use Crème fraîche as a sauce.
Feel free to use any filling you fancy.
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Vol Au Vent Also Called Bouchée à la Reine
- 1 pkg puff pastry
- 1 lb small mushrooms
- 3 cloves peeled garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp butter
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup Crème fraîche
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1 extra egg for brushing
Prepare the pastry shape
- Open the pastry and cut several rounds 7 cm – 3 in diameter
- Leave 8 circles as the base and cut a smaller circle inside the remaining
- Place 2 rings over each base
- Rolls the remaining pieces and make more shape to use all the dough
- Put on a baking tray and brush with egg wash
- Prick the center of the pastry with a fork
- Bake in a hot oven at 180C – 350F for 20 minutes
- If not using immediately, store the Vol Au Vent in an airtight container
For the filling
- Stir-fry the minced garlic with butter and olive oil
- Add the bacon and let it brown
- Add the mushrooms cut into small size
- At the end, add creme freche and let it simmer for few more minutes
- Add fresh parsley and let it cool down
- Warm up the filling
- Fill the Vol Au Vent
- Cover with the top and sprinkle with some parsley