I’ll admit it, I thought about skipping this one. Between the P&Q comments, and generally having a busy week – I was tempted to pass. Of course, my inner rule-follower prevailed. But I decided to split the recipe, and then the whole baking pan size business sent me in another direction as well ( what is it with the pan sizes…? I’m teaching some friends to make the double chocolate mousse cake this weekend, so stopped to see if I could find another 8″ spingform pan. I actually have one that measures 8″. But the ones at my local fancy kitchenware store said they were 8″ (2 brands!), but were really 7″!!! what’s up with that? Now I understand why there’s been so much angst with the ffwd group and the pan sizes. Good grief! Can’t manufacturers measure any more? Oh, and it makes me wonder which “8-inch” pan Dorie’s been using?).
So anyway, I too ended up making this over a couple of evenings. Admittedly, it wasn’t difficult. I thought the combination of flavors might be good too. As usual, Dorie was correct – this is pretty good!
|about to reduce the broth, with its added squeeze of lemon
admittedly, I will never become a “real” French cook, because I’m unwilling to do
some of the little things – yes, those are onions in there – no, I did not strain them out to add back later!
|the reduced broth, ready to thicken with the whole egg
it was a really nice sauce at this point
|after thickening with the egg, in go the chopped fresh herbs and shredded chicken|
|the filling “bundled-up”, brushed with butter, and sprinkled with a little
cinnamon sugar, ready for the oven
|looking delicious, just out of the oven|
|ready to eat, beautiful brown pastry, surrounding the chicken filling|
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The Moroccan spices made for a very nice combination. If I made this again, I’d probably add a bit more of everything, and maybe a pinch of cayenne. I also might change how the sauce was thickened, but it was really quite tasty, and once it was in the pastry and baked, it didn’t matter. And I have to say that I think the bundles were awfully cute! They were really easy to do, and made for a festive presentation. The only problem is that there’s a fair bit of soft dough where the package comes together. But I didn’t think that it detracted too much. Also, with the bundles, they actually re-heated perfectly! That was a nice surprise.