Two months ago I was sitting in a gorgeous little Cafe in Paris shoving my face with an assortment of pastries (check out my pics from the cafe here). Sure the almond croissant was tasty and yes I could have eaten another chocolate brioche but the pastry that really took my fancy that day was a cinnamon palmier. Palmiers are crisp, wafer-like pastries made from puff pastry, egg, sugar and cinnamon.
I had cravings today and decided to whip up a batch for dessert tonight. I was so surprised at how easy they were to make. These will take no more than five minutes to make, ten to twelve minutes to cook and just seconds to cool down before you can start eating them.
(Makes 10 – 12)
1 x sheet puff pastry
30 g butter
40 g white sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
Pull a sheet of puff pastry out of the freezer and let defrost for about 20 minutes or until soft and ‘flexible’
Mix sugar, cinnamon and melted butter together in a bowl until it comes together as a paste-like mixture (add a little more butter if mix is looking dry)
Spread mixture over softened pastry sheet using a spatula or back of a spoon until the whole sheet is covered
Gently and loosely roll one side of the pastry until you get to the middle then stop. Now again gently and loosely roll the opposite side until it meets in the middle again. Brush with beaten egg to make it stick.
Cut the pastry crosswise into 2cm palmiers then place on a lined baking tray with a little space between each
Place in the oven and cook for 10 – 12 minutes.