I know that everyone knows that I am from a city that belongs to the State of Veracruz, that is why this homemade recipe of Vera Cruz crossroads.
This time I will teach you how to make it from the puff pastry, which to my taste is the merit of the recipe, because this defines the flavor of this antojito adopted as Mexican.
Volovans are also known as puff pastry. I lived for a few years in Coatzacoalcos (Yes, where Salma Hayek is from) well because the flaky pastries in the park were very famous there, they were very rich.
Many times if you wanted a quick breakfast and it will fill me up I was eating one of these.
Both the minced jarochas, the shells and the puff pastries are the most requested breakfast of the people from Veracruz.
I love to see the gentlemen on the beaches of the port who come with their basket full of volcanoes, it is typical to see the basket with colored plastic; blue is the one I remember the most …
The name of this French delight has its origin, according to what is said there, one day a French cook made some puff pastry sandwiches, put it to cool in a sale and a wind that blew took them all out that window, Antoine scream Vol- au- vent!hence the name.
And now we ask ourselves, how is it that the people of Veracruz adopt these volcanoes changing the original shape, the ingredients and especially how it is that the volcanoes jarochos became famous throughout Mexico.
Well this Franco-Mexican delight, I arrive at the port of Veracruz (which for centuries has been the great entrance to Mexico) with the French invasion that, apart from soldiers, brought chefs to reproduce in Mexico their kitchen and feed the military.
Many times the cooks made this delicacy and gave it to the soldiers. When Mexicans saw this sandwich, they asked for the name because it made them very curious.
The soldiers answered ‘Vol-au-vent’ and not understanding French the jarochos transmitted the name without any accent, only returned, hence the name spread.
I've read that until the 70’s the volcanoes They respected the round shape but due to the high demand, they had to adapt to the square or rectangular shape that we know today.
How to make volcanoes from Veracruz
As I said before, the merit is in the puff pastry, We already know that much of our gastronomy has influence from other countries but that we Mexicans also know how to adapt it to the ingredients we produce.
Such is the case of this homemade volovans recipe. In Veracruz, lard is often used instead of butter and the truth is that the butter in the puff pastry is very rich.
Where I live I can get butter and sometimes I buy to make tamales or stews, but this time I preferred to make the homemade puff pastry with butter.
I think we can all get butter anywhere in the world, in addition to having the puff pastry ready you can put the filling that you like.
You can fill them with cheese, stuffed chicken, ham with cheese, some jam or whatever you like.