2011/04/21

Passing the Baton (s) (Mustard Batons)

This week's FFwD selection was the perfect "edible" complement to close out a long, cold Saturday at the track...


While watching The Runner Girl and team mates pass their baton during relays...


I couldn't help but think how nice it would be back at home inside of my warm, heated kitchen...


Pulling a fresh, hot batch of mustard batons from the oven... 

I am sure The Runner Girl would have preferred to have a mustard baton in hand as well - as it was 33F and raining/ snowing/ sleeting with gusting winds most of the day.  (I was a little confused whether it was mid-April or mid-March...)

These kids are a pretty tough bunch...  (Unlike their parents who are standing on the sidelines bundled up like residents of the tundra).


And it is always nice to have a quick, pre-dinner treat at the ready after a long, cold day on the field.  These batons have made several appearances in our household and have become a requested favorite.  The tang of the mustard is an unexpected flavor kick - my preference is a spicy, grainy dijon.  (And the fact that they are so, so simple to whip together isn't such a burden either). 

For a change of pace - pesto, tapenade or other spreads thinly layered are nice subsitutes for the mustard in this recipe.  It just couldn't be simpler...

If only figuring out what type of weather I need to dress for every day was so easy!   Just saying...


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.  Come check out what all the other "spicy" FFwD'ers have been up to!

39 comments:

  1. Oooh....I had better get moving! Don't tell but I've already made several batches of these using different fillings. 1/2 recipes of each are frozen ready to go!

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  2. I agree, these were fantastic! Love, love the idea of pesto! I'll have to try that when my sister makes her huge batch of fresh pesto this summer from her garden. Go Runner Girl! I've just started running for the first time in my life.

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  3. Runner Girl would've sped like lightning down the track with with these puff pastry batons in her hand! Your batons look so scrumptious!

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  4. Mmm, they look fantastic! So glad your family enjoys them!

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  5. Pesto is a great idea. Enjoy Runner Girl, but if I were you I'd be frozen...sounds like misery but worth it to be there with her.

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  6. Great batons. I used dijon mustard too - just perfect.

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  7. Beautiful batons! Glad runner girl enjoyed these, too!

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  8. We loved these too! Yours look wonderful!

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  9. Oooh yes - pesto would be fabulous in these. In fact I think you might have just decided our Easter dinner apéritif snack!

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  10. I agree, I think these are really versatile.

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  11. Your puff pastry is very very puffy! They look great. Down south we have a very lengthy and beautiful spring season. I spent a year up north a few years back, and almost missed spring one afternoon when I took a nap --- suddenly it was just summer! Great ideas for baton fillings as well, looking forward to trying them out.

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  12. I loved these batons too;-) I had trouble focusing on the batons because I kept thinking, aren't those runner girls cold wearing just shorts in the freezing cold weather? Just kidding, I love running, brings back great memories and I loved these tasty batons from Dorie. We will be enjoying these at our next dinner party, a winner of a recipe;-)

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  13. This was one of the first recipes from the book I made. These and the gougeres have made numerous appearances around here.

    Nice job!

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  14. Very pretty batons, Cher. I definitely don't miss running track, though. The pain involved was just not for me! :)

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  15. Your puff puffed up so beautifully! Gorgeous!

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  16. These were so delicious and I like your idea of pesto. I bet that tastes so good. I like the photos of Runner Girl; I used to run track and field in college so this brought great memories.

    Angie @ Cocina Diary

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  17. so many different options for fillings and I loved how simple this was. Glad you enjoyed

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  18. Love how you connected the baton in track to this recipe - very clever! Your batons looks delicious and I agree pesto would be fantastic.

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  19. So fun to see photos of Runner Girl and her non-mustard batons - very clever :) Nana and I attended a lacrosse game last week and froze. Will it ever be nice out ? We just loved the batons in this house and we will be playing with more versions - I had actually eyeballed the pesto jar in my fridge but didn't swing it this time. Will definitely revisit that next time. Enjoy your holiday - our family can't wait to dig into all the goodies Nana has been cooking this week. She finished an "Easter Pie" that is like a huge tall quiche with a bunch of different italian meats, ricotta, egg and such - all within pizza dough. Can't wait to dig in !

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  20. Pesto inside, yum! Runner girl must run fast to be warm in those shorts in sleet and snow. I'm cold just thinking about it. I hope it warms up soon.

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  21. Looks great, Cher! I visited your great state for a few days & loved it!

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  22. They look fantastic - I especially like the idea of using pesto, as well. Glad they've turned out to be a family favourite.

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  23. These were pretty amazing! Love your photos, I don't know how they do it in that weather! Those kids are much tougher than me!

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  24. Ah, if only I were as in shape as those runner girls I would feel guiltless eating a whole kilo of batons! But it is not to be ...

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  25. They look great, Cher, and I am sure they were wonderful after being in the cold! I really liked the tang of the mustard in these.

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  26. i love the play on "batons" in your post. nice job!

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  27. These are so delicious ... I can't believe just how easy they are to make! They have been added to my appetizers repertoire. I can't wait to show them off to my guests! :)

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  28. I can't wait to try my next batch with olive tapenade. Your mustard batons look most delicious.

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  29. mustard batons! i'd never even heard of such a thing. these look fantastic!

    www.icyviolets.com

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  30. Those look delicious! I love that you said they are easy to make. Its hard to tell its so cold on that track field until you see the people on the sidelines. Brrrr.

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  31. Cher, your batons look wonderful. I sent Tricia a bunch when I made
    them last Sunday so I wouldn't eat too many, and yesterday she returned
    the favor. This is not fair to our hips.
    Next week I am going to post a picture of the Pizza Rustica that hubby
    and I put together on Good Friday which is tradition. I have not cut
    into it yet, but I hope it taste as good as it looks. Happy Easter.

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  32. It's feeling a bit like March where I live too. Your batons look beautiful!

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  33. Yum, these look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. Your batons looks fantastic and I couldn't agree more that they're definitely something to rush home for! A winner for sure!

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  35. You batons are beautifully puffed - and look nice with the poppy seeds! Mine didn't puff much but my pastry was pretty old and I left it on the counter too long while defrosting & it dried out. The batons still tasted good, thankfully.

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  36. I have this mental picture of The Runner Girl in the track, refusing to pass the mustard baton and trying to build distance between those who want to come between her and this awesome treat. I definitely need to catch up and make them this week!

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  37. What a great mom you are. I would have sent my boy to the track and said "call me when it's time to be picked up!" (Or at least I like to say I would, I sat through a chilly baseball game a few weeks ago and couldn't feel my toes for hours afterward.) Definitely a lovely treat to come home to. I hope spring comes your way soon Cher!

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