With the evenings drawing in as autumn approaches, and the Great British Bake Off back on television screens in the United Kingdom, attention among restaurant operators, chefs and caterers who plan ahead has turned to Christmas cuisine planning.
Belgian pastry specialist Pidy has launched a Christmas tree-shaped vol-au-vent to help add a touch of festive flair to menus. Distributed frozen for bake-off when needed, the tasty buttery flavor of the puff pastry is ideal for packing high with savoury or sweet fillings and can be served warm or cold.
The fun, festive shape provides a modern take on the retro hors d’oeuvre. The new size (10 x 6.5 x h 4.5cm) offers even greater flexibility and is the right size for an individual starter. Vol-au-vents are a timeless addition to any party, and the Christmas tree shape is designed to light up creative sweet and savory yuletide treats.
Pidy uses 100% natural ingredients to produce gourmet products with a homemade taste and texture, but also with the stability and consistency demanded by the professional kitchen.
“Crisp pastry with crowd-pleasing fillings is the perfect appetizer for serving meat eaters and vegetarians at any Christmas gathering, party or event. The best thing about vol-au-vents is that they’re so versatile,” said Fabien Levet, commercial manager at Pidy UK. “Whether you keep them traditional or think outside the box with creative fillings, the all-butter recipe of our puff pastry is the perfect canvas. We pride ourselves on using the finest ingredients and traditional baking methods that bring ingenuity, imagination and technical excellence to our products.”
The Christmas tree vol-au-vent is now available through the comprehensive network of Pidy wholesalers and distributors in the bakery, foodservice and industrial sectors.
In business since 1967, Pidy is a Belgian family food business headquartered in Ieper that specializes in frozen puff pastry products such as sweet short crust tarts, fonçage tartlets, neutral short crust items, choux pastry, sponge sheets and croustade cups in addition to vol-au-vents. Products made at four production plants in Belgium, France and the USA are shipped to foodservice and retail customers in more than 50 countries around the world.