Nana told me that these would be easy and she
was right on target. With the exception of the puff pastry,
the other ingredients are ones we always have on hand.
In fact, I was delighted to break out my collection of "Maille"
mustard procured in person during a trip to Paris.
My folks have made a habit of stopping in the Maille shop
each time they would visit Paris and they would bring us
home the traditional crock. We would tease about the
store's policy of refilling these crocks, and say that we had
to go back since we were "out of mustard". The last time
Nana and I visited, I brought home several different
flavored mustards and they are perfect for this recipe.
I decided to work with the "Au Bleu" for the
first try of this recipe and it was truly amazing.
I used sesame seeds on some batons and caraway
seeds on others. Only my older son was home to test
this recipe and he easily agreed to, stating that he was
always available to try "Dorie Food".
He declared them "amazing".
He also said that while he originally suggested no
caraway seeds in the future (they remind him
a bit too much of mice - enough said) it turns
out that he liked the flavor of the caraway much
better. I agree. I also think that having them on
a lovely cheese plate could be a wonderful
"mouse and cheese" themed treat :)
This is a fun recipe to make.
After I divided the first sheet of puff pastry, I spread
a different type of mustard on each piece. I separated
each half into about 8 strips and brushed them with the
egg wash and topped with poppy seed.
Unfortunately, I had forgotten to refrigerate
the second sheet of puff pastry while I worked on the
first one. I eventually had to roll it out to the proper
size for batons.On this second group I decided to try
using some Red Pepper Spread from Trader Joe's,
which is very good. I sprinkled grated Pecorino Romano
on top and folded the dough. On one half I used the
poppy seeds and on the other I used some garlic powder.
Both tasted pretty good but I think I added way
too much Pepper Spread. I am very pleased
with all of the batons, however I do think the mustard
was the best choice all around.
I will definitely do these again.