Party vol-au-vents

Party vol-au-vents

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Prep: 1 hr, 25 mins Cook: 45 mins


Makes 30 cases
Use our foolproof recipe for retro puff pastry cases then pack them high with savoury fillings for a party canapé

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze unbaked
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per case

  • kcal64
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 500g pack puff pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbsp milk, to glaze
  • fillings of your choice, to serve (see 'goes well with')


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut into 30 x 6cm squares, trimming any edges. Score a smaller square inside each one, leaving a 7.5mm border, taking care not to cut the pastry all the way through.

  2. Put the squares on the tray, lightly brush with egg glaze and bake for 15 mins until puffed up and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. When cool, carefully remove and discard the central piece of pastry from each one. To serve, fill with the fillings (see 'goes well with'). The vol-au-vent cases can be kept in an airtight container for up to a day before filling and serving.

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23rd Dec, 2018
I do my vol au vents a bit differently. I take two sheets of prepared pastry, both cut into squares as above but one has holes cut right through (star shapes look good). Then I egg or milk wash the un-holed squares and place the holed squares on top, pressing lightly so they stick well to the bottoms. They puff up nicely. I started doing this because I never could cut that hole "half way through" as most recipes stated and ruined more vol au vents than I saved. You can sprinkle the top layer with sugar before baking, then fill with berries and whipped cream when cooked. A sort of mini Mille Feuille :-) Scrumptious.
21st Dec, 2012
Cheese & pickle works well / smoked salmon & cream cheese/ sausage meat & apple pickle/relish all works well
21st Dec, 2012
Cheese & pickle works well / smoked salmon & cream cheese/ sausage meat & apple pickle/relish all works well
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13th Jun, 2012
Very simple and easy to make. Have made these twice and they came out perfectly both times.
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