I’m tired of the common store-bought biscuits that are usually served with tea, and wanted to change it up. After lunch this weekend, I went into the kitchen and whipped up some palmiers – which are basically, beautiful golden cookies made of puff pastry. These snacks remind me of Mexico – almost everywhere you go, there are stands that sell a variety of fresh baked goods, one of which, is called in Spanish: Orejas. Literally translated to “Ears” (because, they look like a little bit like ears). They are delicious, light, flakey and crunchy – plus It took no more than 15 minutes to make.
1 cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
First use half a cup of the sugar and the salt, and sprinkle on a marble or wooden slab. Then, place the puff pastry sheet directly on top. Mix the cinnamon and remaining sugar, and sprinkle on top of the puff pastry sheet. Begin by using a rolling pin and roll in both directions, until you get an even square of 33 x 33 cm. (It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the sugar distribution should be consistent). Once finished, fold the left and right sides inwards, until they meet halfway to the middle. Then fold again, so the two sides touch. Then fold once more, as if closing a book. By now you should have 6 layers (the pictures below should help explain how this process is done). Begin cutting the log into thin cookie slices and place on an aluminum sheet or wax paper and place in the oven. Allow one side to cook for 6-7 minutes (or until caramelized and bubbling), then flip to the other side. Allow 3 minutes for other side. Let cool on the rack before serving so it’s not too sticky.
That’s it ! They were absolutely delicious along side our ginger tea, as we enjoyed the (semi) winter breeze after a nice big lunch. Next time, I’m making these along side some yummy thick Mexican hot-chocolate…
Recipe, courtesy of Ina Garten