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Where can I find decent Vol au Vent?

speake Sep 23, 2008 06:59 AM

I've been trying to find a bakery that makes a nice flakey, normal sized Vol-au-Vent. Years ago (and I mean years) Women's Bakery used to have them (along with their corn meal muffins in the orange cellophane package, but that's another craving) and the defunct The Little Pie Shop had them (craving number 2, TLPS's Eccles Cakes) but I haven't heard of a place that makes them anymore.

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    stapler RE: speake Sep 23, 2008 08:13 AM

    By vol au vent do you mean what I call gougere's? If so, they are a snap to make and I'm sure there's a recipe on Chow if not everywhere else on the net. You could try to new pastry shop in Kensington, I forget the name maybe something like Cat's Pastry shop? It's v. good.

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      TorontoJo RE: stapler Sep 23, 2008 08:28 AM

      Gougeres are a pate a choux made with cheese and don't have a filling. Vol-au-vent are puff pastry shells filled with something savoury.

      Sorry, I can't help with tracking any down.

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      miranda RE: speake Sep 23, 2008 09:55 AM

      I get my vol au vent at Loblaws/Dominion/Sobeys....in the frozen pastry case...frozen puff pastry individuals with a little lid...they are great...chicken a la king here we go....Miranda

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        Food Tourist RE: miranda Sep 24, 2008 07:34 PM

        I was addicted to those as a child. I would eat the filling first and then peel off layer by layer and save the cap for last. I imagine french bakeries like Ma Maison or St. Honore may carry them but I can't imagine liking fresh ones more than my frozen nostalgia!

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        foodmaven RE: speake Sep 24, 2008 07:15 PM

        Rahier on Bayview has them sometimes frozen. Call ahead to see if they have any in, I think they make 2 different sizes.

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          speake RE: foodmaven Sep 25, 2008 06:12 AM

          I forgot about Rahier. They make an excellent bouche de noel

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