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Salmon en Croute

December 14, 2009


The 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetable en Croute) from Good Food Online.

This month facing the Daring Kitchen I thought I’d try and be a little bit clever. My grandmother is up visiting for the various events of December and she is a gluten and dairy free ‘vegetarian’ which presented a challenge. However, as salmon is her favourite thing to eat I felt I needed to give it a go! So for a Clan event I ran quickly to the kitchen to commence.

Firstly, I needed to make the pastry – gluten free. Now, pastry alone is a bit of a challenge for me. I’m not sure why, but it never turns out exactly the way I want it. It’s not bad, but its not perfect either. So adding this extra layer of complexity sure was fun! I followed a basic shortcrust recipe, just adding a touch more butter and a little bit of xanthium gum to try and create some elasticity. I made this a day in advance and chilled it overnight.

Next challenge, no dairy – answer Tofutti better than cream cheese , not exactly the same, but actually not so bad.

Apart from those adaptations I followed the recipe to the letter. And the result? It was ok. The pastry was gluten free and you could taste it, normal pastry gets enough after a little while, this….got enough after half that amount of time. It also failed miserably at being happy to be rolled out without crumbling. I ‘cheated’ and rolled it out between two sheets of baking paper and then used the bottom sheet to roll the pastry over the salmon, which whilst effective, wasn’t enough really. The insides were divine though, and quite well received. We had option of baked ham or Salmon en Croute, and half the table had a bit of both, which surprised me.

And, in fairness my grandmother did keep some for leftovers the next day – so it couldn’t have been all bad right?

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9 comments

  1. you did an amazing job and I love that your granny liked it enough to keep some.
    not to forget that she is one of these cute vegetarians that eat salmon.


  2. I am sure it wasn’t at all bad if people at the table took both items, right? And your grandma kept some leftovers..:) It looks delicious though and yes, the dough is tricky even under normal circumstances!


  3. Looks yummy and the fact that you made it extra special for your granny is just so sweet 🙂


  4. Wow! Three challenges in one! It looks like it was still successful, even if the taste wasn’t quite what you were looking for.

    And your grandmother sounds like a hoot. 😉


  5. Wow, kudos to you for making it with the adaptations!


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  7. wow! Must be tough to try to make a gluten free pastry. I wouldn’t be able to do it like u did. Bravo! You did well indeed.


  8. I always envy those who can take rich, buttery flour containing ‘anything’, and make it gluten free without losing any of the original’s taste, texture and flavor. Looks like you’ve done that with a little extra care, and your salmon en croute turned out beautiful and mouth watering!


  9. Wow! So many adaptations, so little time ;D. This looks amazing!



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