Saturday, September 20, 2008
I finally did it ! D, if you're reading this, this is my improved version, even though some cracked because I was trying to over-stuff my curry puffs !
I've always wanted to make curry puffs but I know I can never make pretty pleats like the professionals & to make those light crisp rough puff pastry. I will not bring myself to use pastry margarine & don't even talk about lard, so the idea has been put off for some time.
Recently, I've been thinking about curry puffs again. So I searched & searched the net for the perfect baked puffs, with very little oil in the pastry due to once again health consciousness. Most of the recipes that I found are deep fried version. I didn't give up, finally found a pastry with only 3 Tbsp of oil, so I tried this recipe many weeks ago. Sad to say, the pastry was horrible. The pastry was chewy & not at all flaky. The whole batch of puffs were just smelling like baking soda ! Since most recipes require using pastry margarine or lard for the crispiness, I turn to my pie pastry which uses butter. Hubby wanted something lighter, so I googled again until I found SeaDragon's blog ! He has a post on baked short crust version curry puff which looks yummy. I went through the pastry & the oil content seems alright for the amount of flour. I've used only butter in making the pastry. It was alright, not very greasy & I think the addition of cornflour yields a slight melt-in-your-mouth pastry.
As for the filling, I was too greedy, added 4 potatoes & 6 onions. I've used 2 Tbsp of meat curry powder & omitted the coconut milk. Since my girls are also having the curry puffs, I didn't add any pepper or chilli powder.
As for shaping, I cheated by using a curry puff mould that I got from Giant. I've never been good in shaping pastries of any kind. From the portion of pastry I made, I got 18 balls of 30g each, just roll each ball into a round disc, pop it onto the mould, add some filling & closed the mould, press hard & a curry puff is done. Oh I've added some hard boiled eggs too.
I ended up with only 15 puffs because the other 3 went into the rubbish bin, I over-stuffed them that they were beyond saving ! I still have more than half of the filling left, will make another batch to share with friends (will remember you, D !)
I've brushed the puffs with egg yolks, baked them at 190C for 30mins. These were our lunch this afternoon.