Palmiers are easy to make appetizers that can be filled with a variety of ingredients
Palmiers (pronounced palm-yays) are delightful French pastries that are served as a sweet accompaniment to tea or breakfast. They can also be filled with heartier ingredients such as prosciutto and cheeses.
The American version may also be known as pigs ears or elephant ears. Styled like a palm leaf, palmiers can be made from a single sheet of puff pastry or in multiples for more elegant designs. Regardless, they make a wonderfully easy appetizer that will be sure to please your guests.
The simplest way to make palmiers is with frozen pre-made puff pastry. Allow it to thaw and then roll out.
The ingredients you use must be thinly sliced and applied.
If you use a mustard, prosciutto, parmesan filling, spread a thin layer of mustard (honey, dijon, or plain) across the entire sheet. Layer the prosciutto and grated parmesan.
If the pasty becomes too soft, cover it and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Begin rolling the longest side toward the middle and stop. Next, roll the opposite side toward the middle so that both rolled sides meet. Use a serrated knife to make ½-inch slices.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place each section on the cookie sheet and press down slightly with your hand. Coat with an egg wash.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the pasty has turned golden brown.
As you can see, any number of favorite ingredients can be used to make palmiers. For a sweet tooth, try jams and powdered sugars.
These can also be stored in the refrigerator, but the appetizer versions will taste best fresh.
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