Want to impress your family and friends with your new cooking skills? Why not start the party with canapés? They are perfect for any occasion from pre barbecue nibbles to tea time treats or delicious paired with a glass of wine.
I had always wanted to learn how to create my own canapés but have always struggled for time to make the mini pastries. So in the end, I go for simpler options such as deep frying spring rolls and grilling Thai fish cakes instead.
I am delighted to discover Pidy. They are very unusual and incredibly versatile. They have recently launched a selection of their deliciously famous canapés for the retail market, the range contains a combination of their most unique and interesting shaped pastry vol-au-vents. All the products are made with their award winning pastry recipe that the Pidy family initially created in their little patisserie shop in Ypres, Belgium back in 1952.
I received the classic round puff pastry vol au vents Zakouskis and Spoonettes range. The pastry products can be filled with a number of fillings from cream, fruit and ice cream to savoury sauces, vegetables and seafood, ideal for any party. The possibilities are endless.
The Zakouskis pastry come in a pack of 12 mini shells. Before I added the prawn chutney, I put the mini shells in the oven for about 6 minutes at 170 to make the pastry light and puffy. They are really quite small which fills with a teaspoon of fillings.
The Spoonettes are edible hard spoons that have golden brown colour and a crispy structure. I had made potato salad to fill these. It is suitable for hot or cold fillings and filled spoon can be heated in a preheated oven for 5 – 10 minutes. The spoon is almost a size of a tablespoon. It is crunchy and tasty which goes with the potato salad. I love the handle which is easy to hold on to without fear of it snapping off.
I can’t fault both items at all – they are both fabulous. They are very well made, tasty and makes for a very well presented dish. Pidy have a wide range of retail pastry products that are available through Pidy UK or through fine food retail distributors such as Hider Foods. If you like to impress your family and friends with your home cooked canapés, consider trying these to save you time!
Disclosure: Thanks to food PR agency CLIP Creative and PR for the samples.