Thursday, February 11, 2010

Puff Pastry (homemade) and French Palmiers

In September, puff pastry was part of the Daring Bakers' Challenge. We were challenged to make vols-au-vent with the pastry. I felt like a REAL baker making a laminate dough(roll and fold) for the first time and felt that it was the gateway to bigger and better things! Fast forward to November when I was blog-hopping and landed on a tutorial for making French Palmiers(click). The blog was "Sprinkle Bakes," which has ended up being one of my very favorite blogs! Heather used store-bought puff pastry, but I realized that I had saved some of my homemade puff pastry in the freezer! I was so happy! I thawed it out and went to town! They were so dangerously good that I sent them all to work with my husband! Later that day I received a very appreciative email from one of his co-workers:)
Fast forward again to two days ago:) I decided to make another batch of palmiers since they kind of look like hearts.
Here is the dough after the first roll and fold. You do this step 6 times! Can you see the butter(1 pound) in there?
Once the dough is made(a bit labor intensive/time-consuming), the rest is easy. It involves rolling, slicing, and lots of sugar!
Mmmmm, I can't wait!
Can you see all of the layers? Buttery, crispy, sweet and chewy...all at once! Of course I sent some off with my husband, and shipped the rest to my sister:) ( I recently found out that palmiers are a favorite of hers.) They are now a favorite of mine too! Click HERE for the puff pastry recipe from my DB challenge post. Give it a go, you won't be sorry! :)

I will be on an airplane tomorrow to visit my daughter for a few days, so I probably won't be on the computer too much. My FIRST ORDER of business on my return will be to post about receiving the "Happy 101" award a few weeks ago!!! Arrrrgh, life is too busy!

Happy Valentine's Day!

17 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Sue!

    Your post reminds me of our own Croissant challenge, still remember? :-) Anyway, I happened to miss French Palmiers during the DB Challenge. Maybe I will do a catch-up soon.. Yours is so convincingly delicious.... want to sink my teeth in :-)

    Sawadee from bangkok,
    Kris

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  2. awesome job! I have never made the puff pastry...but I love eating it ;)

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  3. Wow, wish we were neighbors so you could tutor me in puff pastry making! Seems like a daunting task- great job! The palmiers look beautiful! Also, thanks link love!

    Happy Valentine's!

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  4. I meant thanks *FOR THE* link love. Need to take some omega 3's for better brain function, lol!!

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  5. These are so adorable! I love them :)

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  6. These look so crispy, flaky and delicious! Makes me want to make some more puff pastry myself! Have fun with your daughter.

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  7. Oh, I completely agree about life being too busy!! Your puff pastry looks wonderful. I hope you have or had a wonderful trip.

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  8. These do look amazing!! So light and crispy and buttery, I want to reach through the screen and take one. Awesome job on these!! And hope you have a fantastic trip!

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  9. GORGEOUS!!! So, so, so impressed that you made that puff pastry dough from scratch -- and the palmiers look like they came from a French bake shop!

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  10. I still have puff pastry in my freezer too!! Now I know what I'll have to make with it--these look excellent!

    Loved those valentine sugar cookies on the previous post--your decorating skills are so awesome--I just love the cursive writing--so festive and elegant! :)

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  11. There is nothing like a classic, and palmiers are a classic, one that you executed beautifully. They look sugary, crisp delicious! My palmiers always turn out looking like frogs.

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  12. Mmmm! This is making me hungry. I have never made the puff pastry dough from scratch.i should try this..=)

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  13. Oh Yum! And Yum again! Delicious. I might be daring enough to make homemade puff pastry...one day down the road. I have to put it on my check list. I will positively try the palmiers. Love your blog!

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  14. Wow Sue homemade puff pastry! Your palmiers are awesome!

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  15. These look heavenly! But you know me...simple, simple, simple. Besides, anything with dough frightens me. I may have to check out Sprinkle Bakes, with the Puff Pastry Sheets.

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