Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday Palmiers


It's Palm Sunday! Palm Sunday is always one of my favorite church services. Even as an adult, there's something fun about swinging around a palm frond during church. Admit it, you like it too! Of course, there's always the occasional incident with palm swatting, but everyone enjoys the service today. The minnies are singing with the youth choir today and are SO excited. Of course they wanted to wear their Easter dress, and I said no!

You can make some delicious cookies that look like palms to enjoy this afternoon. They are very easy to make and are so delicious.

The picture is taken from the book Dessert Circus

Palmiers are delicious and simple French cookies. In Mexico, they are often called Orejas (ears) or Palmeras (palm leaves) in bakeries. You don't have to go to a patisserie or a pasteleria to get this delicious cookie. The ingredients and recipe are so simple that you can make these at home.

Ingredients
2 cups granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted (I used Pepperidge Farm)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Combine the sugar and the kosher salt. Pour 1 cup sugar/salt mixture on a flat surface. I used a large cutting board as my surface.
3. Unfold the puff pastry onto the sugar and pour 1/2 of the sugar mixture on top, being sure to spread it evenly on the pastry.
4. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it is 13 x 13 inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on the top and the bottom.
5. Next is folding. First fold the sides of the square towards the center so that they are halfway to the middle of the dough. Then fold again to meet at the exact center of the square. Then fold again like you were closing a book.
6. Slice the dough into 1/2 inch slices. Put the slices on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
7. Continue this process until all of the sheets are used.
8. Bake for 6 minutes until caramelized and brown on the bottom, then turn and bake for another 3-5 minutes.
9. Cool on a baking rack.


There are many possibilities with folding. Some of these cookies can be made to look like elephant ears, some are folded like small, delicate fans, and others are like a fancy letter C. Have fun and be creative. It's like making a new treat every time you fold this.

There's something fun about playing with dough, don't you think? Kind of like playdoh or sand. . .

Enjoy your Palmiers.

Variation
A variation of the cookie is to dip the tips of the "ears" in melted chocolate. Place on wax paper until the chocolate has cooled.
Hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday.




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6 comments:

  1. I just love Palmiers! I think we'll have fun baking these. Thanks!

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  2. Those cookies are so pretty and look yummy. I might have to try making them!

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  3. What a great idea! Hope you have a fabulous Palm Sunday!

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  4. Thank you!! Have a wonderful day! xoxo

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  5. We had an amazing church service today. sigh. LOVED It. Easter is one of my favorite holidays.

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