Easy "Elephant Ear" Palmiers

Elegant on the table, easy to make and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, palmiers (“elephant ears”) are the ideal dessert for the time-pressed host or beginning baker. Starting with some store-bought puff pastry, pastry chef Heather Bertinetti helps you twist and roll your way to impressive palmiers.

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Heather Bertinetti for eHow.com. Today, I want to share with you a super simple but impressive cookie to make. It's called a panier in French, but in America we know it as an elephant ear. If you go to pastry shops or bakeries with a French influence, I'm sure you've seen these before. They kind of loop around and spiral almost look like a cookie type of cinnamon bun, super easy so let's get to it. So here I have some store bought puff pastry that I've put on a bed on my cutting board of sugar, just regular granulated sugar. Now, I'm going to add, you just eyeball this, a little bit more sugar on top and sprinkle it generously just like so. Make sure it's completely coated and covered in a nice thin layer. Now here's the flavor part, a little bit of cinnamon, we're going to sprinkle throughout the top of it as well right into our sugar. Make sure to cover the whole thing. So now, using our rolling pin, I'm going to start rolling it lengthwise, just like so. Because puff pastry tends to obviously puff, doing its job, in this case, we want to make it a little thinner. So that's all we're doing is we're making sure that it's rolled into the sugar and it's a little thinner than it should be. Just roll it out to the edge, so now I'm going to clean up my edges and make it a nice rectangle here. Let's just cut the excess of just like so and this is just so when we roll it it's all even and consistent. You don't have to worry about the two length edges. I'll show you why in a second. So now starting with the one end, I'm going to do about a half an inch fold right over and gently press it down and we're going to give it another fold. Once again we're going to press it down and then finally our third fold just like so. Now starting from the opposite side, we're going to do the exact same thing, two, and three. Now see how they meet in the middle, perfect. Now starting with our further side here I'm just going to give it one more fold over right on top of the other one. Are you getting the elephant ear thing yet? See how it curls on that side and then curls on that side and then it meets in the middle, that's exactly what we want. Just going to give it a little squish down and now I'm just going to trim my edge off and we'll get rid of that. Then we're going to do about one inch slices, maybe not even an inch, a half an inch then we're going to put it onto our cookie sheet. So once I get these all lined up on my sheet pan, I'm just going to go back and squish them down just a little bit, just so they don't lose their shape just like so. It looks like a cinnamon bun. Now I have my oven preheated at 400 degrees. That's usually the temperature you want to bake any puffed pastry at. Great, now that our cookies are all lined on our sheet pan we're going to pop these in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. Okay guys, our paniers are out of the oven. We've baked them for 12 minutes at 400 degrees. I'm just going to plate them up here. I think everybody is going to love these, they smell delicious, the sugar is all caramelized with the cinnamon. They're flaky and buttery. They're just going to look so pretty on the table, unreal guys, so simple to make, maybe 30 minutes this took us. Well, I'm Heather Bertinetti. Catch me again next time on eHow.com.

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