Vol-au-vent cases

Vol-au-vent cases
Vol-au-vents, whether large or bite-sized, need a special pastry case that is hollow to take the filling.

Here is how to prepare these delicate cases using puff pastry.
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Last modified on: October 16th 2013

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).

Roll out the pastry on the worktop to about 1 cm (0.4 inch) thick.

This is easier if you use two guides of the right height; here I am using steel rules.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
Using a 7cm (3 inch) diameter cutter, "mark" the pastry. In other words, do not cut completely through it, but stop before reaching the worktop.

This is the inner circle that will be taken out to form the hollow inside of the case in due course.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
Next, using a 9 cm (3.5 inch) cutter - preferably fluted, as this is prettier - cut right through to the worktop.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
Cut out circles like this with all the pastry.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
Place the cases on a baking sheet and glaze.

Stage 6 - 20 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
Bake in the oven until the pastry is well risen.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
Vol-au-vent cases
After baking, remove the little "hat" and hollow out the case to take the filling.

Your vol-au-vent cases are ready for use. If you are not planning to use them immediately, they will be better if reheated in the oven.
A few days in an airtight tin. Reheat in the oven before use.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
153 Kcal or 641 Kj15 gr99 gr96 gr
8 %6 %9 %15 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
48 Kcal or 201 Kj5 gr31 gr30 gr
2 %2 %3 %5 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
38 Kcal or 159 Kj4 gr25 gr24 gr
2 %1 %2 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Sulfites, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 pieces : 0.96 €
  • Per piece : 0.24 €

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