Welcome to Marcellina in Cucina!
Four months ago I joined the Daring Bakers and have since been inspired to create my own food blog. I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia and have been cooking, baking and creating all my life. Some good and some not so good! I come from a long line of Italian cooks and bakers. Growing up on a farm in the 60’s and 70’s, everything we ate came from the land and was cooked simply but deliciously. Many nights were spent around the kitchen table shelling peas, topping and tailing beans or preparing the rosellas for jam. Nothing was wasted and all the family pitched in. So food and cooking is just a natural part of my life.
I have a husband and two beautiful children all whom I love to spoil with their favourite dishes.
As I said I am a Daring Baker which is a group I joined to learn and enjoy more and varied baking. This is my fourth challenge and probably my favourite.
I ultimately prepared this pastry 4 times this month and what a month of learning it has been!
First attempt using cheap, generic butter resulted in very little rise and the heat of our tropical springtime caused the butter to ooze out during the baking pooling in the baking tray. The resultant(is that such a word?) vol au vent was oily and doughy although I thought at first I had done a great job until I looked at the completed challenges by other DB’s>
Filled with thick cream, strawberries and passionfruit.
3rd attempt using great quality butter and my chill method. No butter ooze and great rise.
Two rings placed on the base. A great lunch!
Filled with vanilla ice cream and mulberry compote.