Palmiers: Puff Pastry Paradise

It’s hard to believe that palmiers are made from puff pastry. Puff pastry is produced by alternating super thin layers of dough with layers of melted butter. Can you say delicious perfection? Most people typically associate puff pastry with chicken pot pie, beef Wellington, and strudel. In these situations, the puff pastry is simultaneously light, flaky, and crispy on the outside and melt-in-your mouth soft on the inside. Palmiers, on the other hand, have an entirely different consistency – they are crunchy beyond belief. Turns out that if you bake puff pastry in the oven a bit longer, it hardens and takes on completely new characteristics. Thank goodness for that or else we’d be deprived of the joy that is the palmier.

A palmier (which means palm tree in French ) is a sweet, buttery treat instantly recognizable by its beautiful, unique shape – some say it’s a butterfly, others swear they see elephant ears. Whatever it is, it’s a work of art. We make our palmiers from scratch, starting with the puff pastry. After we roll out our dough, we shape it, coat it with crunchy sugar crystals, and bake it in the oven until golden brown.

When you bite into the palmier, it’s like music to your ears. The crunch is so loud, it reverberates in your jaw. After a second, the sweet sugar crystals dissolve on your tongue and the puff pastry melts in your mouth. And then it hits you – the rich, satisfying, and heavenly layers of butter. Its distinctive and comforting aroma and taste completely envelop you, causing you to lose all sense of self, time, and reality. You swear you’re just floating on thin air.

And then you come back down to earth because you just finished the rest of the palmier. It’s so decadent, but you can’t help but grab another one. And another one. And another one. Pretty soon, you’ve finished the bag, so you take a paper towel, wipe the residual butter off your fingertips, and sit back with a satisfied grin, feeling the most content you have in awhile.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. This transcendent experience could  be yours right now. What are you waiting for?

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