Palmiers are elegant sweet crunchy cookies . This classic french pastry is the inspiration for this valentine’s day treat . To me a perfect valentine’s day desert has to be simple, elegant and not time consuming. Here comes the puff pastry sheets to the rescue !!!
These elegant bites are ready in under 30 minutes. Usually I like to make my pastry dough from scratch , but spending hours in the kitchen is not what I planned to do on valentine’s day . If you are in the mood to make it from scratch try my recipe for quick puff pastry dough.
Back to the business at hand 🙂 . Thaw the puff pastry according to the package directions . It should still be cold to touch but pliable . Of course you can use home made puff pastry. If you plan to make from scratch here is my quick and easy puff pastry recipe , it comes together in no time at all , but requires additional 30 minutes of chilling before using .
While the puff pastry is thawing , scoop about 2/3 cups of raspberry jam or strawberry jam . The jam should be of spreadable consistency . If too thick add a couple drops of water and warm to thin the jam, but the jam should not be hot when spreading . Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Keep the oven rack in the middle. Here I am using two 9X9 puff pastry sheet . Notice that the pastry sheet is pliable but still cold .
Spread half the jam all over one side of the pastry sheet . Roll the pastry from two opposite sides to the middle . If it is difficult to roll or the pastry cracks , wait for a couple more minutes and try again . Once rolled flip the roll and slice into 1 cm thick pieces . Pinch the pieces a little to form the tip of the heart . Keep the layers a little loose to allow for proper expansion .
Carefully transfer the pastries to the cookie sheet . Arrange them about 2 inches apart . Bake at 400 ° F for about 20 to 25 minutes .
The sweetness of the pastry depends on the jam . This recipe yields lightly sweet pastry . Sprinkle sugar over the jam according to your taste .
When assembling keep the puff pastry and the jam cool . If either is warm , the layers will melt together and the pastry will lose its crunchy texture .Enjoy !!!
Puff Pastry Sheets : 1 Pkg
Raspberry / strawberry jam : 2/3 C
Thaw the puff pasty according to package directions.
Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Place the oven rack in the middle .
Unfold the puff pastry sheet while still a little cold . Spread the jam evenly over one side of the pastry sheet. Roll the pastry sheet from two opposite ends evenly so they meet in the middle . Flip the log formed to have the covered end on top .Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices . Place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart . Pinch the covered side a little give the heart shape .
Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the jam is bubbly and the sides start to brown .
Remove from the oven , cool on the sheet for 2 minutes . Transfer to the cooling rack .
Store in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days .
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Originally published on Feb, 2016. Edited for text and pictures .
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