Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palmiers

Submitted by Michelle
What came first, the palmier or the churro? Either way, I love them both! Palmiers are delicate puff pastry rolled up with cinnamon sugar inside and out and then baked to golden perfection. Who could ask for anything more? Also known as "elephant ears" these cookies are gorgeous to look at and SO easy to make.

You start with plain old store bought puff pastry. (You find it in the freezer section.) Let it defrost in the refrigerator and then place it atop sugar with just a pinch of salt in it.
Generously pour (not sprinkle) cinnamon-sugar over the pastry and roll it out to ensure that the spicy sweetness sticks to the dough.
Fold the ends in...
and again...
and again.
Slice the dough with a serrated knife...
...and place on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
Now here's the important step: Put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 10 minutes so the pastry dough can firm up a bit. This will help the cookies keep their shape when they are baking and not turn into puffy messes.

As the cookies bake, the sugar will caramelize and your house will be filled with a wonderful aroma. Be prepared to fight off husbands and children that will be drawn to the delicious smell. Palmiers are the perfect treat to enjoy with a front row friend over a cup of tea and lots of good conversation.

Cinnamon Elephant Ears a la Ina Garten. Click here for the recipe.

1 comment:

Dena Berry said...

Sounds deelish....... I want one right now :-)