Thursday, February 27, 2014

French Palmiers / Elephant Ears / French Heart Cookies

French Palmiers, a delicious crisp cookie made with puff pastry.
Love is in the air...it is.. isn't it ? Married or not does not matter..does it ...no...when it comes to love that should not matter right !
Be in love and be loved. Life is short so make it sweet.

...bake something sweet for yourself and for your sweet heart,something as fragile & crisp as love itself .


It is a beautiful cookie,very easy to make but if not closely watched like love  :)) can go terribly wrong and you can end up with burnt ones.. :))

Tricks to get palmier right:
1.Do not add too much sugar it will simply caramelize and burn before the cookie is done.
2.Right temp is very important for the cookie to puff up and brown evenly.

Ingredients:(Yields around 18-20 cookies)
Puff pastry sheet - 1
Sugar - 2-3 tsps

Method:
1.Thaw the puff pastry as per the pack instruction.On your work space spread 1tsp sugar evenly as much as the size of the pastry.Unroll the puff pastry spread 1 tsp or slightly more sugar on it uniformly.
2.Fold the two sides of it lengthwise to the middle.
3.Fold both sides once more to the center. Need not be really tight.
4.& 5.(Pic below)Fold one last time so that one side is on top of other. Make sure they are equal and the sides for the heart shape.
6.Instead of a knife take a pair of scissors and cut into 1 cm long pieces.You will notice the edges are looking pointed.
7.(see pic) slightly open the roll and dip your finger in water just to wet it and touch the middle of the heart.Press it lightly so that it sticks (don't make it soggy though).Smoothen the pointed edges .
8.On a cookie tray with parchment paper  lay the cookies leaving enough space to expand.
9. Preheat oven to 400 F meanwhile pop the cookie tray into the fridge.When the oven is ready bake first side for 5-7 minutes or until the base is yellowish brown.
10. Turn and bake for 3-5 minutes.Do not over crowd cookies, do it in batches so u will get enough time to turn it without it sticking to the paper.
All the layers should  puff up only then it is done,cool on wire rack.dust with sugar (granulated) when completely cool (optional) . Store in airtight container up to 4 days.



Note:

  • The raw puff pastry gets sticky in room temp so put in the freezer if u have thawed for too long.
  • The steam trapped in the layers of the pastry helps the pastry to puff  so cooler the better.


If you are looking for similar store bought dough cookies ideas which does not need cookie cutter :




Hope to hear from you lovely people out there.

Meena

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The Heritage Cook: Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: French Palmiers
Weelicious: Homemade Oreo Cookies
Devour: Top 5 Chocolate Cookies
Taste With The Eyes: A Korean Sweet Treat - Hwa Jeon with Honey and Flower Petals
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Ganache Filling
Red or Green: Chocolate, Almond and Ginger Cookies
Domesticate Me: Healthy Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries and Sea Salt 
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Rose and Cardamon Nankhatai (Eggless Indian Shortbread Cookies) 
Virtually Homemade: Oatmeal Caramel Skillet cookie with Marshmallows and Chocolate 
The Sensitive Epicure: Almond Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free)
FN Dish: Cookie Comfort


55 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! Fun doing Comfort Food Feast with you :)

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    1. Thank you Liz I cannot wait to try out the skillet cookie with caramel.

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  2. Those palmiers have come out in perfect shape....little hearts pole thane onde....Its been a while since I made it...now that you post made me tempt,may be soon I will :)

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    1. Thank you Anupa. I want to make puff pastry at home some day like you did.

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  3. Just breath taking clicks, those palmiers are just mindblowing and am speechless..

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    1. Thank you Priya so glad to see u back.

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  4. Wow very easy to make and delicious cookie.....light and crispy...

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  5. omg just perfectly made palmiers hearts :) excellent clicks dear !!

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  6. Wow! this looks lovely. Exactly like little hearts. Very well prepared.

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  7. These little hearts look stunning... Meena you always come up with very interesting recipes

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  8. What an incredibly beautiful cookie you made! I really miss having puff pastry available for creating quick spectacularly beautiful treats. Your photography is truly amazing. What camera, lens and lighting do you use?

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    1. Thank you so much Jane.I wish I could list some fancy ones. I use Pentax K10 ,Tamron 70-300 mm lens(not ideal for food pics) and natural light only.
      So glad you stopped by.

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  9. Meeeenaaa these look so so good... really missing little hearts!!! Such awesome clicks too

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  10. It looks so lovely and cute, perfectly done and loved the clicks..

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  11. Wow wat an artist you are.. Those cute hearts have come out perfect !!! That shows indeed love is in air :)

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  12. Made palmiers before and I do agree on the crispiness. Its also addictive because you can't stop with just one piece.

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    1. Thank you Nava. I know ..it is really addictive.

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  13. they look like little hearts.. u made them so well.. :) perfect for those who want to try, I can see step by step pics going to help lots

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  14. You made it so simple, love to try my hands on these cute little hearts, I am sure my sweet hearts will enjoy this.

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  15. this reminds me of little hearts and its taste similar i guess...cant take my eyes off the pics...

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    1. This more flaky kind Sathya. Thank you dear.

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  16. THese are beautiful Meena.Love the pics.Pretty lil hearts

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  17. Oh Meena, you really took me back to my childhood days, when I used to fancy these kind of "little hearts" that used to come in the red and golden packets. Its like I have almost forgotten them since ages...but undakaan onnum enikku vayya..so pass on some to me!!

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  18. Oh lovely what a perfect heart cookies dear....you are an amazing photographer... I know I missed your recipe so when I came back first I searched your blog and saw your eye catching post :)

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    1. Thank you Resna those words mean a lot to me.I feel so motivated.

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  19. Perfect French Palmiers. Love your clicks :)

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  20. beautiful cookies and pics beautiful as always.

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  21. These palmiers resemble the little hearts. Perfectly done!!!

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  22. Cookies look great. nice tutorial.

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  23. Adipoli french Palmiers, looks awesome. I love them but scared to make it as afraid of sugar.

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  24. Beautifully made french cookies.. They look yum & perfect.

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  25. wow these little hearts looks awesome..lovely step by step pics..thanks for sharing...

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  26. First time on your blog. .. you have a lovely space here.. Beautiful shots !!! Will try these palmiers soon.. :)

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  27. Your palmiers are perfect, Ms Meena. I remember eating the commercial variety in India, were they called little hearts? Yours looks so much more wholesome, and so so pretty.

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  28. How come I missed this??? I cant stop looking at the palmiers... so much in love with them... so beautiful...

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  29. Ah! These look very tempting and delicious, too pretty to eat.

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