Golden Palm Leaves
Palmiers Glacés are also called Golden Palm Leaves and really are the most delicious cookies ever.
They are very easy to make at home and can be made with any left over puff pastry you may have from another recipe. So a good tip is that whenever you are making puff pastry make a little extra, or keep the pieces you may have left until you have time to make these little gems.
It is good practice for the kids to have a go at making them too so if you have the time - encourage them and teach them the skills - they will grow into adults who take the interest in good food.
• You will need about 8oz/250g of puff pastry . This can be your own homemade or packet pastry if you don't have the time to make your own.
• Some granulated sugar.
• Preheat your oven to about 450°F/Gas 8/230°C
• Take your pastry and roll it on a board sprinkled with sugar instead of flour. Roll it into an oblong.
• Sprinkle your oblong with sugar and now fold it into three.
• Give it a half turn so that you can now roll it again to an oblong which should be about 12inches by 9inches.
• Turn up the shorter edges to the centre just so that they meet.
• Turn one of these folds on to the other and lightly press them together.
• Cut across the folds about 1/2inch thick and place them on a baking sheet with the cut edges facing outwards. If you just dampen the tray rather than greasing it, it will prevent the cookies from sticking.
• Continue placing them on your baking tray making sure there is enough room between them for spreading as they cook.
• Place in your preheated oven for about 10 minutes turning just once after about 8 minutes.
• Your palmiers are ready when golden brown.
It is entirely up to you what size you want your palmiers, you may like them larger or smaller. Just cut the size you need but the instructions above are for a guide.
Palmiers are delicious as they are on their own or with a glass of white wine. They also go really well with ice-cream so would make a delicious dessert.