Thursday, February 18, 2010

Recipe & a Goodbye

One day 1/2 before departure, I couldn't leave you with .. well a little thought. I LOVE to bake and so here is one of the many recipes I can't go without.

Palmiers, Coeurs de France, Prussiens, Ventaglietti, Schweineohren.. how ever you want to call them they are just yummy!

For Valentine's day I've been baking quite a good amount of this delicious, light and so easy to make pastry. Since our last trip to Switzerland my husband has discovered his love for any pastry made out of this kind of dough. And this are the easiest to make and.. well, heart theme for Valentine's :)

Let me tell you there is a trick. I love to bake and so make the dough from scratch. But if you are out of time, not really up to making a dough that requires a total amount of hours as a whole day.. well it won't take you more then 15 min. to make this pastry with a Puff Pastry dough from any store around.
Believe it or not I've found the cheapest at Whole Foods. In the Dessert Frozen Section, there it is!

Palmiers ~ Coeurs de France
1 package puff-pastry 
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat oven to 400° F. Adjust rack to middle position.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the work surface. Unfold 1 sheet of the pastry and place it on the sugar. Roll it to an even thickness. Sprinkle it with 2 tablespoons of the sugar. 

Starting at one short side of the rectangle, roll the pastry toward the center of the sheet, stopping at the middle. Repeat with the opposite short end, so the rolls meet. Trim the ends with a knife.

Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and place flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing them 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with 1 more tablespoon of the sugar.

Bake until golden and puffed, 20 to 23 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve hot or at room temperature. Bonne appetite!

Here is a very clear step-by-step how to with pictures. Take a look, have fun and enjoy
baci e ciao :) 

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