Puff pastry isn’t THAT frightening !

I don’t normally post about things I do in life, mainly because I created this blog for storing recipes. I decided after my wonderful fear conquering evening that I should do a more personal post. I wasn’t actually that scared, not as scared as some one I know, yes, you Lucy.

I belong to a meet up group called Wellington Foodies, join if you live in Wellington and like the idea of joining like minded foodies and learning new things, eating out at restaurants and potluck dinners. There are similar groups in most cities in the world. Last night we went to Elements Cafe Cookery School to learn the art of both puff pastry and choux pastry.

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With the puff pastry we made savoury pies, twistie pastry things that have a flash name and apple turn overs. There was lots of rolling, twisting and turning for the pastry with some wine in between. Yes, that was that much butter in the pastry, that is how you get the golden flaky look.

Now talking of flaky, this was my savoury pie. Look at those layers, just look. I did that. The pastry tasted wonderful and the butter shone through. I can’t say I would make this pastry everyday but I certainly will do it again.

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And here is a photograph where you can see the concentration.

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We also conquered choux pastry and Crème patisserie , I don’t think I have either of these since my friend Claire’s 18th birthday. It wasn’t that hard but did involve a lot of tipping, stirring and getting things just right. I have eaten many an eclaire today. The Crème patisserie really does complete the package.

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So, reader, find a meet up group, go along and have some fun. It might take a bit of courage to turn up to a room full of strangers, as they saying goes, strangers are only friends you haven’t yet met. Maybe I just say that?

I would like to thank the hard work of Lucy and others involved in organising events. I hope you don’t mind me using some of the photos.