I am really not a big fan of messing with puff pastry dough, so I hardly made any recipe with puff pastry. The French Palmiers are super easy to make and taste no-less than délicieux. I adapted this recipe from Ina garten's recipe book. The palmiers are loaded with just sugar, each layer is pressed with a thick layer of sugar and baked perfectly to golden brown. You can get creative with the filling by adding (cinnamon, nutmeg,nuts, jam, cheese), but I kept it simple and traditional. Sugar on every layer gives a nice caramalization, it is crispy, glittery and slighty hard outside due to the sugar coating and very chewy and moist in the center. Oh! and this is my very first puff pastry recipe, certainly turned out to be a winner ;)

Pepperidge Puff Pastry - 1 sheet (makes 16 Palmiers)
Salt - 1/8th tsp
Sugar - 1.5 cup

1. Spread the defrosted pastry sheet, spread thick layer of sugar evenly on top of it, press it gently with a roller.
2. Bring both the ends to the center, spread the sugar on top of it, give it a gentle press with roller.
3. Make one more fold on both the ends to meet the center of the pastry sheet, spread the sugar on top and press it with roller.
4. Now form a single layer by folding the two ends...

...spread sugar and give a gentle press.
5. slice them equally.
6. Arrange it in a baking pan with a foil paper on or with parchment. Brush the top layer with egg(optional).

7. Pre heat the oven to 400F and bake them for 12 mins and flip over to other side and bake for 5-6 mins.

8. Palmiers are so ready to indulge. Enjoy as a breakfast with hot coffee.

Comments (5)

On March 20, 2009 at 5:54 AM , Rowena said...

Oh dear what a flashback in time this gives me! In pastry school, we used to make these and dipped them in chocolate after they cooled. Certainly one of the basic pastries to learn how to do (and good with a cup of tea too!) ;-)

About the zeppole, the fried are definitely much better. My husband's colleagues devoured them within minutes!!

On March 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM , Jeena said...

These look so delicious! You are right I think I would use only sugar here as they look so yummy and golden as they are. :-)

On April 1, 2009 at 1:52 PM , Gayathri said...

Lovely, looks yummy.. great snack

On May 12, 2009 at 10:51 AM , Pocky said...

These look great! I remember eating something similar many years ago but I think it was called an Elephant Ear.

I'm going to try this out tonight. I already have a sheet of puff pastry defrosting in the fridge. :)

On June 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM , Pooja said...

Awesome pastries Ann! Simple but delicious :)