Its elegant name is Palmiers (French for palm tree) and its cuddle name is Elephant Ears. This is possibly the easiest and most flexible treat that you can make. The best part of all is that it’s made by my favorite dough, flakey Puff Pastry <3
If you have some visitors that are coming soon and you have no time to do anything, just dust your kitchen counter with sugar, roll a puff pastry sheet and cut. Yes ! It’s that easy.
I made my palmiers with a little spicy twist and a refreshing Arabic splash of rose water (just love it). I also like to use Demerara brown sugar for this recipe because it gives a nice crunch. This sugar acquired its name for the region it originated from in the South African Republic of Guyana.
I like serving those palmiers with tea with mint. The nice thing about palmiers is that there are no precise measurements. It's all according to taste.
A sheet of Puff pastry
Demerara brown sugar
100 g nuts of your choice finely chopped
Table spoon melted butter
Table spoon rose water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
:: Glue ::
1 lightly beaten egg
:: Syrup ::
2 tablespoons rose water
How it’s done,
1. Preheat oven to 325°F and place the oven rack in the center.
2. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
3. Spread the Demerara brown sugar on your kitchen counter.
4. Place the pastry sheet on top of the sugar and press with your hands or with a rolling pin to make the sugar stick to the pastry sheet.
5. Spread your filling leaving boarders at two sides like I did or even on the whole sheet. It makes no difference.
6. Fold the two blank boarders brushing the edge of one to slightly stick on the other with the beaten egg
7. Fold each side once again and brush with eggs to glue them.
8. Optional: It helps when you’re cutting to put this formed cylinder back in the fridge for 15 min.
9. Cut into half inch slices.
10. Place on the parchment paper on the baking tray leaving a space of 2 inches between pieces.
11. Bake until it becomes puffy and golden.
12. Sprinkle with some syrup while still hot.
13. Leave on rack to cool.
Filling: Sweet & Savory
I usually use pistachios, pecans and walnuts. You can use any other type that you prefer. You can also use any other type of filling you want, perhaps even just sugar. These palmiers can also be transformed into a savory appetizer by eliminating the sugar coat (use flour in this case) and using some savory spreadable filling.
Brand: If you’re in Qatar or in the same region, the puff pastry that I use is Al-Sunbula. I tried several other brands, but they didn’t give me the taste or the texture that I’m looking for.
Size: If you can’t find a large sheet of puff pastry, use a couple or two of rectangular ones and spread them with a rolling pin to create 1 sheet of the size you want.
Here's a nice informative video for more illustration.